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Economy Recovering? Not Here!

September 24th, 2010 at 03:42 am

I have to say that I'm somewhere between skeptical and a snort of disbelief, when I read that the economy is recovering. Don't take that oxygen off just yet Doc! Case in point: I had some nice big man sized clothes that came to us when my FIL passed away over a year ago. We got them because my Hubby is the same size. Only problem, my FIL was 5'4" and Hubby is about 6'. So after shuffling them around in the closet for a year, I put them on the local freecycle website. I had 29 replies in the first 8 hours! Several people wrote me about how expensive bigger sizes are, and they can't find them at the local WallyWorld (yeah, you know), I ended up splitting them up into several bundles. Our local newspaper ran a front page story this week, on how to apply for free and reduced price school lunches. Who to call, where to get the paperwork, if you apply and are denied, you can re-apply any time your income changes. This is front page news?! We have a group at church that makes hats and scarves, and they go to the local mental health support group. 8 or so years ago, when we first started, we offered the school social worker, who is also a member of our church, first dibs on any she might want for the school. She said at that time, she really didn't need anything, she had other sources that more than covered the few requests she had. Now I hear that she has called US wanting to know if the offer is still open! Well of course it is! Would any of us want to see a child go without a hat in a Michigan winter? I am thinking that a bare-bones lifestyle may soon be considered the "normal" way to live. It doesn't hurt my feelings any, we have been doing it all along. But, I do fell a little badly for the thirty-somethings, that grew up hollering "let me eat cake!" (apologies to Marie-Antoinette) They expected that they could "eat cake" forever, and it doesn't look good at this point. They will have to first bake the cake, with a mix they got on sale, and use a coupon, to improve the bottom line. The new normal. Voila'.

4 Responses to “Economy Recovering? Not Here!”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Things are no better here. No body has any work to do. We are primarily a construction area and there is NO construction going on.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    I definitely feel that the health of the economy is regional as well as nationwide. Certain areas will get better before others, as will certain industries.

    The shame is, I wonder how many people have learned a lesson. Or, now that the media is shouting the recession is over, will people go right back to overspending and buying what they can't afford?

  3. My English Castle Says:

    and speaking of Marie Antoinette, did anyone see the French protests about the raising of their retirement age? I just had to laugh...

  4. Jerry Says:

    It is also a mess here in SE Europe, it seems that businesses are closing all over town. I don't know what measures are being used to lead to the idea that the recession is in the past (and has been for a year? WHAT?), but they don't seem to have any basis in the reality I am seeing here. I would prefer some insurance of people telling the truth without any axe to grind, one way or the other... but I don't see that happening.
    Jerry

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