Tricks Of The Temperturial Accounting Trade
I'm back from New Orleans. Ironically, I caught a cold
while I was down there, so my head hasn't been quite as straight as...well...I
guess it's never really that straight these days anyway. Both Dan and Brian got sick as well (and
probably got me sick too). Now I'm all hopped up on DayQuil and streaming all
kinds of interesting thoughts. How do you catch a cold in New Orleans in summer?
It's actually much easier than it sounds.
You see, when people talk about the temperature in New Orleans, they use the
"outside temperature"--usually around 90F. If they were to factor in the "inside
temperature" (a rarely used temperature accounting trick) they would be able to
report a much lower temperature (probably by about 25F) and save a lot of
Fahrenheit on income tax. Unfortunately, this method doesn't help end-of-period
temperature gain/share, also lowering the overall Fahrenheit flow of the city,
resulting in a period loss. As a result, it is rarely acknowledged (other than
in footnotes) that you may wake up with frost in your room if not careful. I
believe they may be already under investigation by the TEC.
Wow, this is even trippy for me.