You will find no greater enemy of buzz words than this guy. That aside, I find it completely unreasonable to think that "the people who know" could have underestimated the impact that the $8000/$6500 housing tax credit would have. Of COURSE it was going to be a show when it ended.
People respond to incentives.
Working through the housing market might be something short of a catastrophe, but it's going to hurt.
I had to go cold turkey on Facebook (what a swamp that thing is), ditto NPR, but not reading The Economist is just irresponsible.
I wish I felt better about my physical state going into this weekend. Went for a ride last night and thought "you know, I am probably going to get dropped this weekend." Tuesday night I did the Conte's ride. First, they have police escorts at the first five or six intersections. Huh? Way cool. Second, I sucked. I finally had some semblance of mojo going on the second to last loop when I pooched a shift to the little ring and watched the top few sail away. Closed it up after I got my act together, but still. Then, on the final hill, a Coppi guy (nice guy, strong) and I managed to get away without digging too hard, but I had no idea what the route was. He started to fade so I asked "all the way over the top?" and he said "all the way." I had one of those good hard but unspectacular pace things happening, and was about to get over the top - maybe 10 yards from what you'd call the top - and VRRRRRROOOOOOOMMMMMMMM, five guys BLOW past. No one told me there was a freaking sprint point there. If only I'd been properly incentivized...
Building TT bikes is so much fun. That was an example of sarcasm.