Saturday, December 9, 2017

"If I ever join a health club in San Francisco..."

AR emails:
I bought your pamphlet  [Dear Fellow Health Club Member, Please Leave Me the Hell Alone: An economic analysis of the water "shortage"] on Amazon the other day, after the price drop, and I just finished reading it.

It is one of the funniest things I have ever read! Did you actually give it to anyone who harassed you? What were their reactions?

It would be great if you made a blog post somewhere on people's reactions. If I ever join a health club in San Francisco, I would always come with this book in my hand so that if I see you, I could get it autographed after you shaved.

"Thus, when you tell me there is a 'shortage' of water, as an economist I shrug. Brother, there is a shortage of pretty much everything relative to the amount all of us would like at our disposal"

I am still laughing.
RW response:

I keep a supply in my personal locker at the gym and have in the past handed about two or three a year. But I recently switched my schedule and generally go to the gym in the afternoon so I am not shaving there as often. BUT just this week, a regular that I talk to at the gym gave me a hard time about taking long showers. "Save some water for the crops," he said, so I gave him the booklet. I haven't seen him since I gave it to him, so I am not sure what his reaction will be.

For the others, I say, "I have a different theory on water shortages" and hand them the booklet. They are, of course, very surprised. But they all seem to read it. If I see them again, they usually want to debate some technical point they misunderstand but also generally concede I have a point.

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