Picked up the NY Times this morning at the local coffee shop. The name of the shop does not contain the word ” Star or Bucks.” So lest you think I’m some kind of lefty, east coast elitist I only read the Times once a week or so when I’m buying an overpriced cup of coffee.
Headline that caught my eye – ” Middle Class seeing benefits as recession ends.” Which middle class and which recession because the middle class to which I belong sure seems to be parked in neutral, stuck on steep hill with a burned out clutch and a faulty parking brake. (Enough metaphors for ya?)
Next headline – ” Cheap gas prices driving down profits for energy companies.” Oh – Boo Hoo. And now somehow because gas is cheap and I can fill up my car for less than 3 grand every two weeks the economy will suffer and it will be MY fault that we plunge right back into the recession ( see above) that I’m not so sure has really ended.
If I had a swimming pool I would drain the water and fill it with unleaded 89 octane.
That would be a real nifty savings account and I’d be ready for the next recession.
Unrelated note – The radio in my car has gone south meaning it doesn’t work well anymore. I get static all over the am and fm dial. The car is 7 years old.
The dealer says ” Yeah, well, electronics sometimes go bad.” I say in my best old guy trapped in a world he no longer understands voice ” I’ve been driving for umpty nine years and this has never happened before.” I feel like Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction as the words tumble from my brain and out of my mouth.
The dealer puts the last nail in my coffin by saying ” Welcome to the wonderful, new world of electronics” which must be very comforting to anyone who has a pacemaker tucked in above their left ventricle.