March 10, 2011
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I am generally a private person. That means generally, I don’t like crowds. You could mathematically calculate my dislike of crowds easily: my dislike of a crowd is directly proportional to the size of the crowd. If you wanted to put on the slightly-larger glasses, you could work the actual formula of people per square meter into it for higher accuracy. But for the most part, I figured the result was pretty linear.
Today, I stopped at BK for dinner. There was no one there. The parking lot was empty and the dining area was void of customers. I got my meal and sat down to eat. Even the counter person took off and went outside. I should have been the happiest person in the world, but I got uncomfortable pretty quickly.
It’s kind of like the feeling of driving in an unfamiliar area and taking a turn onto a road where no one else is going. The fact that no one’s there kind of makes it seem like you shouldn’t be there either. But for the time being, I’m still alive and the food hasn’t killed me yet, so that must not be the reason that particular BK was completely empty.
So now it appears my graph is looking a bit more like a parabola now. And that’s probably more accurate anyway. I would guess the antapex would be somewhere around 2 or 3 people present. Approaching zero, the discomfort increases. And as that number goes into the negatives – you know I’m talking about zombies here – it really starts to climb.