Friday, November 28, 2008

I Wish We Were in a Depression

My predictions for today were right.

I went to Starbucks with some friends. I don't know if I contributed to the "Starbucks Goes (RED)" gig, because most of the menu and signs were in Chinese. The Toffee Nut Latte was good, though. I'll admit I missed the Pumpkin Spice, and I became keenly aware of the fact that this would be a Christmas without Egg Nog by the look on Jimmy's face when I asked him if he's heard of such a drink. But before all that, the first thing I noticed when I walked into Starbucks was Christmas Music.
That's when it hit me: The Holiday Season Has Begun.

My thoughts have been tuned to the "Black Friday" festivities all day long. I'm quite glad I escaped it this time round, considering my position at ground zero last year. If anyone participated in Buy Nothing Day, I applaud you. (I know of a few who did)

Though, if you'd heard of "Buy Nothing Day" and still chose to venture out to the malls and markets in search of a frugal deal, I understand. You are not unlike the rest of the country.

Earlier, I read a story on Yahoo! News that quotes shoppers saying that money's tight this year because of the failing economy. It would list how they were sticking to a budget, or focusing primarily on their kids.

Then it would say something like:
She bought a Dynax LCD 32-inch TV for $400, slashed from $500, along with an iPod and several DVDs.
I couldn't help but imagine the 28-inch TV in her family room.

Not long after I read that article, I read a different one.

This isn't a Depression. It's just Depressing.


Gavin said...

I agree, in Ireland they´re saying we are in a recession, meanwhile people are eating €9 paninis, a panini is a toasted sandwich with a fancy name!! ´I´m so broke, think i´ll go and pay €13 for a coffee and sandwich´ But at the same time people are queing up to get free lunches and dinners. Bottom line - we´re all doomed!

Gavin said...

Okay maybe not doomed, just finished, or kaput. By the way, this is my new new blog link.

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