In my many years of making fake forecasts for the future, I have learned one truth. I have learned that predictions are a lot like holiday office parties, family gatherings and sex, in that they never turn out half as bad as one imagines.
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Take 2008 for example. Who could have predicted a year ago that we would all be spending our holiday gift money on supplies of canned goods and a potable water-storage system? Yet here we all are, happy to have each other and (still!) imagining the worse dread that lies ahead... -- Kenny Be