David Kaplan has an enlightening and entertaining article filled with predictions from Houston area business folks. Some of it's serious:
Dan Pickering, president, Pickering Energy Partners
The city will enjoy a slowly improving economy. Employment will rise slightly faster than the national average. There will be no significant impact from the weaker US dollar. Rising interest rates will slow the appreciation of residential real estate values.
Led by China, worldwide energy demand should rise 1-2% in 2005, creating an environment where OPEC and non-OPEC producers will produce near their full capacity. Identifying incremental sources of oil to meet future demand growth will compound in this tight market. High oil and gas prices will continue to be felt by consumers.
And some of it's more lighthearted:
Tonya Reed, owner, Uncle Funky's Daughter, clothing boutique and natural hair salon.
Small business owners will see a tremendous profit over 2004's numbers as our economy continues to recover from an employment slump.
The year will bring an increase in online shoppers in record numbers of over 35 percent.
The tight bell-bottom jeans and platform heeled shoes from the 1970s will be the retro fashion trend for men in 2005.
I think we can agree that while men dressing in tight bell-bottom jeans and platform heeled shoes might be good for Uncle Funky's Daughter, it probably would not be a welcome development for Houston in general.
It's interesting to note that Tilman Fertitta's prediction makes no mention of exotic animals.
But perhaps most important of all, the stars appear to be lining up favorably for the nation's fourth largest city:
Nan Hall Linke, astrologer.
Houston, a Gemini City, now has a Gemini mayor which is good. Gemini rules transportation, and Mayor White is going to fix our transportation problems.
Uranus in Aquarius supports a creative renaissance for our city.
Nationally, anything to do with love and marriage and couples is a growth industry. With Saturn in Cancer, people are returning to traditional values and nesting, and there will be continued growth in home building and home services.
I didn't know that Houston is a Gemini city. Just for fun, here are the traits of a Gemini:
Adaptable and versatile
Communicative and witty
Intellectual and eloquent
Youthful and lively
On the dark side....
Nervous and tense
Superficial and inconsistent
Cunning and inquisitive
I'm not sure how all that relates to transportation, but I'm also not well-versed in astrology.