Fortunately for me, an anonymous comment left at the blog gave me the spark for today’s podcast.
Our last podcast posting covered the possibility of worldwide despair due to global disasters along with food and fuel shortages topped off with domestic and international economic downturns that last beyond our comfort zones and levels of measurable tolerance. We also mentioned that because of said poor economic outlook and global catastrophes many would be lucky to have a backyard to have a backyard Bar BQ in this year. Based on most reports from airline hotels and restaurants many did just that and stayed close to home.
Anonymous said: None of that is happening in our part of the country. The price of gas is proving to be a boom to restaurants because rather than travelling, people are spending on food and eating out. He went on to say that he and his wife went out last Saturday night and dropped an easy hundred dollars on dinner in a local restaurant that is normally busy, but that night is was absolutely packed.
Hey Anonymous, we in New York had that same experience. We hung out on City Island in the Bronx for seafood this weekend, spent some time in the East Village, cruised through Brooklyn for a minute and saw people out enjoying the weather, eating out, shopping and doing what New Yorkers do on holiday weekends. But we realized that Anonymous and ourselves were obviously one of the lucky Americans, because since we all stayed home, our respective local economies did a little better that average, but everybody was spending less, than they would have in better times.
Additionally, since we all kept things local, the people that really suffered was all those roadside diners, the rest stop quick-marts, that make between five and ten bucks every time the kids have to make Tee Tee. Somewhere, there is a statistic that will determine the amount of chips and Coca-Cola is sold per potty stop. But lest we not forget the cheap motels that had to let two or three people go because they don’t need the extra help. What about all the tips that won’t be made for baggage, cabs, room service, and car rental agency workers. And that is just the domestic economic dependents.
What about the spare coin Americans are famous for chucking the way of some poor slob begging for food or what ever you can spare in hard hit Caribbean vacation spots or Mexico’s Chiclets sales crews marking Americans as an easy touch. Now please don’t think we are happy to be correct in our assessment, but facts are facts. Add in the fact that the Guardian.co.uk is reporting today that Germany and France provided reminders how vulnerable Europe’s economy is as long as soaring food and fuel prices erode confidence and household spending power.
Now lets get to the weather. While the northeast enjoyed a weather weekend for the gods, the middle section of the country paid like hell with crazy ass tornadoes that ripped through their communities with a vengeance. According to Reuters news service today, at least seven people were killed on Sunday by tornadoes and violent thunderstorms spawned by a powerful spring storm system that moved across the United States midsection.
We know what you are thinking, these numbers are pale in comparison with China and Myanmar, but we have been very lucky in that regard. Out side of 9/11 and Katrina, our disasters has been rather meek body count wise. But on the other hand, we are getting these destructive weather incidents with growing frequency.
In our final analysis, while things may look reasonable stable in our own backyards, if we dare peak across the fence the picture can change dramatically. Are we soothsayers? Hell no, and we ain’t crazy either but just from the persistent headlines world wide web-wise, Sh*t Don’t Look Good!