It Never Rains…It, Erm, Snows?

“Nigeria is a special snowflake.”

A friend of mine says that all the time. I first met him nearly 25 years ago, and in that time, I’ve not met anyone with a comparable ability to combine dry wit with sarcasm, and hit the nail on the head every single time. It’s a skill I hope to learn, to keep me entertained in my wise old age.

The ‘special snowflake’ analogy is really not that uncommon, nor is it difficult to understand, even if you’re really not familiar with (or interested in) snow. But whenever he says it, I find that I am intrigued.

So this past week, I’ve been thinking about snowflakes. Also this past week, there was unusual snowfall in Saudi Arabia. And since the Saudis will be important determinants of our fiscal fate for the next three and a bit years, I’ve taken that as a sign that I’m on to something. 

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