Friday, 3 October 2014

Cleaning Up Ebola?

The Ebola episode in Dallas came up with an oddball story.  The local authorities got real nervous about the apartment of this guy, and they wanted a clean-up crew to come in and do a clearing/sanitizing of the place.  So they called up the normal folks.  The minute that Ebola was mentioned......NO-GO.  Over and over.

No one wanted to sign up and do the job.

So they branched out and eventually found someone who agreed to take the job.  The cost?  I'm not sure.  The journalists didn't reporting the episode didn't want to broach that question apparently, and I'd take a guess that it was double the normal hazmat rate.

I looked up the annual hazmat employee rate.  It starts out around $18 an hour now, for a guy who is certified and capable.  The US Bureau of Labor even says that a regular guy in this profession now can clear $37,590 a year.  For Ebola?  Well....there is no certification for it (not yet anyway).

I'm guessing this will open up big and bold new opportunities for various folks.  Find some hazmat professional up a fake-Ebola training program....and then hire your team out for $60 an hour per individual.

Cleaning a meth houses now costs between $3,000 and $25,000.....depending on how bad the situation is.  Cleaning an Ebola apartment?  I would imagine starting cost ought to run a minimum of $10,000, for what amounts to an entire day by two guys in suits and using a ton of sanitizing chemical stuff.  An airplane?  Man, that might run up to $50,000 easily.

Somewhere out there.....there's this guy talking to his cousin down in Natchez, Mississippi, and discussing this business venture (Ebola-Clean), and how to make money off the government or local folks.

I finished a book recently on the London Plague of 1665/66.  Typically.....when the plague got into your house.....everyone in the place was a 'goner' in a matter of a week.  Typically, the door was closed and no one ever entered.  The house just wasn't used again.  No one ever profited off the plague except those who sold fake remedies or pretended to care for folks.

It'll be curious to see just how quick the hazmat companies react, and how many new companies pop up to take on the job.

My Lego Story

I was walking down the street the other day, in the shopping district, and came to the one-and-only Lego stores in town.  That's all they deal in.....Lego stuff.

I browsed at the window for several minutes and then came to the high-end choices.....a Simpsons house, for the equivalent of roughly $240.

It's an awful lot.  Course, it's time-consuming as well.  I'd take a guess that it'd take pretty much an entire Sunday afternoon to put the whole thing together.

And then?  What?  How exactly will you display your Simpson's house?  Will your wife allow it on the coffee table?  Is there any place that it'll fit in the cubicle of your office?  Will you even display it?

A toy for a kid?  I kinda doubt it.  I'd suspect that you'd have to be at least eight or read through the instructions and assemble it.  But how many kids would want to sit there for four hours and assemble such a thing?

I'd almost like to stop and ask how many they sell in a year, but I suspect it's more for looks than actual sales.  At best.....I'd guess that a dozen get sold.....mostly bought by girlfriends for their geeky boyfriend.

In the 1970s.....nothing like this would have ever been sold in any town or at any major store.  The minute you spoke of a $50 Lego was a no-go.  Today?  Ample funds, wild ideas, and a natural tendency to do crazy things.

On the adjoining shelf was a pirate ship, which ran into the $400 range.  It was double the number of parts and man-hours.

Yeah, for just begs a lot of questions on common sense.  But apparently, we've lost that quality of life.