July 14, 2006


This is an interesting concept and one I probably don't have to define, right? I was really first made aware of the concept of seasonality and its impact on financial statements by my father. I was in high school. My dad and I had formed the habit of going out to dinner, just the two of us, every week or every other week. We would often spend the conversation discussing a philosophical problem that he would pose. One time, he began to teach me how to read financial statements. First, he gave me a book and then we discussed it. So, what, you saying your parents were normal? Anyway, one example he gave me, while trying to teach me what kinds of questions you should ask while reading an income statement, was what impact seasonality might have on a business. For instance, his example, if you looked at a Christmas Tree business's income statement during the month of December, you would see huge income being generated and if you took that as your beginning point and made assumptions about their regular monthly sales based on that single month’s results, you'd be way off because you didn't take into account that it was a seasonal business. I really enjoyed these dinners with my dad.

Now, just to demonstrate now how a child can be warped by strong parental influence, I was walking down the street today to go to my tailor. As is my wont, I was observing all that was around me and I began to ponder the age old question of seasonality and the impact on income statements. What I was wondering was, quite simply, are sales of bras significantly down in the summer? Because it sure looked like no women were wearing them today.

I bet I was the only sicko on the streets of NY today staring at woman's breasts and wondering what the impact of their bra-less state was on the income statements of lingerie manufacturers and further wondering whether there was any play in the stock market because of that fact.

I think this is probably a cry for help, by the way.

Posted by Random Penseur at July 14, 2006 11:52 AM | TrackBack

I think extensive research should be conducted in this area. Perhaps assisting in the fitting of women's bras at the local Victoria's Secret or Fredrick's of Hollywood.

Of course we'd need to subdivide the territories and demographics. I'll take the Southeast US and hot 18 - 30 year olds.

I smell a government grant coming!!!

Posted by: phin at July 14, 2006 12:04 PM

Two words: shelf bra.

And, no, they don't work as well as a regular bra.

Now, provided Pamela Anderson wasn't in the vicinity, you should have nothing to worry about re: eyes being poked out, etc.

Posted by: Kathy at July 14, 2006 04:33 PM

You have a tailor!!??
The best I can do is find a dry cleaner that will hem my pants. I need some serious culture improvement.
I had lost touch with Kathy of the Cake Eater Chronicles and that's been my loss. With her knowledge of the shelf bra, she is back on my Favorites list. Maybe I don't need so much culture improvement after all.
Keep up the good work.

Dan Patterson
Arrogant Infidel

Posted by: Dan Patterson at July 15, 2006 09:52 PM

For more well-endowed women, shelf bras are a joke. A shelf bra will cause the girls to giggle and appear unsupported no matter how firm they actually are.

But, RP, back to your closing thoughts. I doubt you were the only man on the streets noticing the giggling affirmations of womanhood, but you well may have been the only man who was considering the financial implications of them.

Enjoy the moment! ;)

Posted by: femmedespoir at July 16, 2006 01:19 AM

I was going to say, no fair that all those women can go without bras!

But what about lingerie for nightwear/playtime? Isn't that just as popular in the summer? And then you've got all the teenagers who suddenly need bras, as summer is time for shopping...

But interesting idea, definitely. :)

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