it’s only October you retards

so there I was yesterday driving through one of the streets close to my house, when I saw the objects of my current disgust: A certain house (which, last year, went over the top in this regard too) has ALREADY BEGUN TO PUT UP THEIR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. Un-fucking-believable. It’s the middle of October, for God’s sake!

Those of you who know me well enough by now would understand why this kind of foolishness typically ticks me off, however let me also add another point to the argument :
I’m convinced that the excessive use of christmas lights around the world during the silly season (and that is exactly the right term for it, I might add) contribtes tons of extra emissions into the atmosphere by the powerstations required to supply these goons with the juice.
Think about it… you have all the private homes behaving this way to varying degrees, and corporate offices doing their thing too, but then you also have all the commercial stores and malls and town squares and goodness knows what else trying to out-do eachother every year in what seems to be a competition to see who can light their tree/premises the most without actually causing permenant eye damage (public liability insurance costs lots you understand)

I want to see a graph of the typical power station’s electrical output over a 12 month period, and also another graph showing average power usage over the 24 hours of the day for, say, September compared to December. I bet $2 (i’m a stingy bastard) that :

  1. any downturn in power consumption due to the christmas holidays is needlessly offset (to some degree) by the use of lights, and
  2. world power consumption in the evenings during December would be higher than any other month of the year (i’m talking about the ‘net’ consumption, after taking into account seasonal (winter vs summer) heating/cooling requirements in both hemispheres, etc)

I’m gonna call Al Gore, and please won’t someone think of the children?!

(i’m reminded of the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.)
the snow would melt in 10min

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