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You can’t always get what you want

—June 21, 2021

Hindsight is 2020.

Early on, we already had enough toilet paper when hoarding started. You can’t always get what you want. Me first!

Cases and deaths loomed. Long-awaited shots came, far sooner than expected. Demand surged. Me first! We got ours.

Shot, schmot: demand lagged—the same demand which once surged. By now there was toilet paper aplenty: demand lagged. Get what you need.

A new demand: the old normal. Me first! No, me!

Just in time for a long hot summer (masks optional).

In winter we long for heat. Our thermostat stays judiciously low. Power grid strains and failures elsewhere have been fatal for some. But not for pols, families and “selected others”. Heat demand surges. Me first!

Then summer returns. The drought continues. (What word will be next when “exceptional” isn’t enough?) Heat demand lags: water and cooling demands surge. Me first! Power companies fiddle with customers’ smart thermostats to avoid power grid strains. You can’t always get what you want.

At 80° inside we wait for the evening: 80° outside. Then we open up for window fans’ breeze. The temp gropes down in hopes of our winter thermostat target. You can’t always get what you want.

But if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.