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Grand Prix: Boy did the mayor get lucky

Grand Prix of BaltimoreStephanie Rawlings-BlakeSheila DixonInner HarborHurricane Irene (2011)

Over the years, my luck has been far from great. The study of good fortune, therefore, has been long time pursuit. Our mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is blessed with incredible luck, and her gamble on Baltimore Grand Prix is the latest example.

The week before the grand prix, the city of Baltimore experienced an earthquake, followed by Hurricane Irene and all the unnecessary hype that had us huddling in fear. Just days after the Baltimore Grand Prix, the city's been awash in the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. The rains came and keep coming!

Looking back, the Baltimore Grand Prix enjoyed an amazing window of beautiful weather. On television, Baltimore never looked so charming. The grand stands were packed. People were having fun. The Inner Harbor was a party zone. How different this might have been had the recent weather and seismological events shifted — either forward or back.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake took an enormous gamble on the race, and it seems to have paid off. But she enjoys amazing good fortune — wasn't it was a stroke of luck that made her Baltimore's mayor in the first place? Who would have guessed popular Sheila Dixon would be forced to resign! This type of good fortune should not be taken lightly. As someone who has made a serious study of luck and the lack of it, this is an observation that needs to be considered.

Roz Heid, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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