There were a few things I learned from Irene however:
- Cowboy Coffee can remove chrome off of a trailer hitch.
- Going green sucked.
- The only McDonald's that was open experienced an economic boom to the detriment of the closed Burger King, Starbucks, Panera and a few other breakfast places.
One area mom told me that she has overblown her budget for food by eating out because it's (a:) easier to do for dinner rather than the hassell of cooking without electricity and the clean up after and (b:) she had to throw out a bunch of food in the fridge because it got too warm and became unsafe to eat.
One more example for the Broken Window Fallacy.
[Had this in the queue but never published it after Hurricane Irene. Apologies for it being a bit dated.]