The days leading up to Valentine's Day can fill reporters' in-boxes with lots of "studies" purporting to show some type of love-related finding that's connected to whatever product is being pushed.
"San Diego Is Most Romantic City Because of Drano," one might say, for instance.
Everyone knows they're hardly scientific, even though the people pitching them outline an impressive-sounding list of criteria they used to judge things.
Still, they can be a fun way to spark conversation, so we've run a few. But we hope for at least a little research.
So you can imagine our reaction when we read a release from Movoto, a blog dealing with "the lighter side of real estate," which obviously does not include the process of buying a house.
The headline: "10 Cities Where Romance Might Really Be Dead."
We clicked on it. And we immediately saw a grim picture of a dark, rainy day, and the caption "Houston TX: It's hard to get in the mood when it's always raining."
"Always raining"? Does it "always rain" in a historic drought?
Now, we know the worst of the drought was last summer, but the official drought status around here is "Abnormally Dry."
Speaking for Houston, we'd like to say we don't mind being called non-romantic, but come up with some reason that's not the equivalent of "Kansas City: A Surfer's Paradise."
We asked Movoto about the whole rain/dying for rain thing.
Nick Johnson, media relations manager for Movoto, answered us with a simple "Ha, thanks! I just fwd to the writer."
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We have yet to hear back from the writer, but Johnson noted that they had changed the copy. "It's hot and it hasn't rained in a while," it now reads -- under the same picture of a rainy day.
Here is the original:
Maybe we got rained on all the time last summer and just didn't notice it.