Local attorney and Scene
contributor Peter Pattakos found himself at Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal in Akron last Saturday. It was the only time Pattakos has ever been in that store (he was getting fitted for a tux), and it happened to be right around the same time Ebola patient Amber Vinson
was in the store.
We always welcome our frequent and long conversations with Pattakos, many of which devolve into some hybrid of climate change discourse and NBA post-season chit-chat, but his interview with the Northeast Ohio Media Group
pretty much says all that needs to be said on this one.
Given the mania found in most communication channels these days (see all local news websites), Pattakos offered a refreshingly reasonable perspective on the matter: "I didn't exchange any bodily fluids with anyone, so I'm not worried about it. I'm much more likely to be mistakenly killed by a police officer in this country than to be killed by Ebola, even if you were in the same bridal shop."
The story's headline, "Man not worried about Ebola after visiting same bridal shop as Amber Joy Vinson," borders on the Onionesque, contrasting sharply the rest of the wary content swirling around the social media vortex these days. It feels good to read something that's not utter claptrap.
"I wish people would freak out this much about climate change," Pattakos went on. "It's one of those problems that's real easy for the media to cover, rather than some of those other problems that people should be more concerned with."