Popcorn, pilot and lifeguard shortages weigh on summer fun
It’s time to put on those shades, get outside and crank up the tunes. That’s right it’s “summa summa summa time” but wait – there are some serious shortages that could rain on your summer fun. We’ve got ‘em in this week’s five for friday:
Coming in at number 5: helium. C’mon, balloons are a summertime staple. We’ve got grad parties, family reunions, birthday bashes. Now part of the reason for the shortage is sanctions against Russia – they’re a major producer. It’s so bad Nebraska even preemptively canceled its decades-long tradition of releasing balloons after the first touchdown at home games. Before you boo – know it’s because they’re saving what helium they have for medical purposes.
All the Mike and Ikes in the world won’t make up for a shortage of popcorn, which is number 4 on the list. A summer blockbuster is one of the best ways to beat that heat – and what’s a movie without it? But with fertilizer prices way up – farmers are growing soybeans over more fertilizer-intensive corn. and theaters aren’t psyched about it eating into their profits.
Move over high fuel costs. at number three. A pilot shortage will make getting away for the summer even more difficult. Almost all airlines are dealing with this issue, forcing them to keep wheels on the ground. To offer relief, some carriers have proposed relaxing training requirements to get pilots in the air quicker. Yikes!
Number two is gonna be a real bummer when it comes to much needed pooltime. A pool boom since the pandemic is now leading to a chlorine shortage. And this chlorine factory fire made it even worse. If you’re thinking of diving in without the germ-killing additive, think again if you want a sanitary summer.
So you can’t get chlorine for your oasis and you think, “I’ll take the tots to the public pool.” Well, that’s where number one comes in. A lack of training and recertification over the pandemic has seriously strained the number of available lifeguards, affecting up to a third of the country’s public pools. But seriously. What could be better than sitting poolside and making a little dough?
Swimming pools are already too hard to come by here in the city. At least sitting in a/c isn’t on this list – that’s where I’ll be. That’s your five for friday. I’m Simone del Rosario for Just Business. See you monday!