Good for 3 days, anyway

(Via Drudge)

Im usually encouraged by news of people trying to prepare themselves for bad times, but this is so asinine that I can’t do it.

Consider businessman Tony Blank, whose new South Miami-Dade home will include a large generator hidden behind a decorative wall, with two 1,000-gallon propane tanks buried under the driveway to keep his entire home going for three days after a hurricane.

It will be able to power all air-conditioning and appliances in his 9,000-square-foot house, as well as the Jacuzzi, pool pump and the electric outlets at his dock. Estimated fuel cost: $1,846 a day.

This is so blazingly stupid that it’s hard to catalog all of it. But for funzies, let’s try:

  • You have 3 days of propane, and when a hurricane comes to call, the power can be out for weeks. Where are you going to get your resupply from?
  • You’re going to be an oasis of light and air conditioning when everyone else doesn’t have any. I hope you like your neighbors, because they will be calling on you.
  • What’s Plan B, which comes into play on Day 4? You do have Plan B, don’t you?
  • What if the local ner-do-wells decide to come help themselves to your air conditioned abode after Hurricane Whup-ass? Face it, you house is going to stand out at night. Are you ready for that?
  • What’s the plan for dealing with the fully powered house with no roof after the hurricane? Do you have 9,000 square feet of blue tarps?

Fitzgerald was right–the rich are different than you and me. They think their money can buy anything, including safety.

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