Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bad Economy My Ass

Today I wasn't at work.  No, I didn't get canned right before Christmas (how horrible would that be?) nor did I pull a "Half Baked" (Don't worry, you're all cool) and storm out.

I had the day off.

Each holiday season I like to take a random day off in December to go shopping.  You have to admit, it is a pretty logical thing to do.  I mean, why deal with the crowds in malls on the weekends when you can have the stores to yourself and park in a place that isn't  what my friends and I called in high school "rape-o land".

Turns out, that wasn't the case today as every single place I went was packed.  At 1:15 in the afternoon.  On a Tuesday.

Okay, so maybe your mind went to the first place mine did.  "There are a lot of people out of work, so I guess they have the time to go out shopping when the rest of the world is trapped in a cubicle."

Um, but if they are out of work, how do they have the money to go shopping?

So my mind went to "Perhaps they are just picking up one or two presents and keeping it simple."

Um, but if they were keeping it simple, why were people walking out of Best Buy with carts of electronics, bags emblazoned with designers like Coach and Burberry at the mall, and trunks full of brightly colored toys from that damn giraffe?

Because the bad economy is a myth.  

I am sure there are people out there having to tighten their belts (hell, I am one of them) because the future seems uncertain, but come on.  There is no way things can be bad when I can't find a parking spot in front of Crate & Barrel.  (No one NEEDS anything from a Crate & Barrel.  A person can find a version of everything they sell for much less money at say, Target.)

So sorry news media, government stooges, and those who cry poor, I ain't buying it anymore.  Or at least I am a nonbeliever until I see some free parking spots.

~ The Office Scribe


Anonymous said...

This post makes me laugh because I completely agree with you. I heard the best quote one time, and it's probably from someone who said it eighty years ago in the the REAL Great Depression: "It's a recession if my neighbor loses his job, and a depression if I lose mine." You're right--it's a huge media spectacle.

It's kind of the same thing they do with food, flying, crimes, and gamma rays from space: No matter what you do or where you go, you can never, ever, ever be safe. I remember once in high school, the tagline on the news was "Steak: Is it deadly for your kids?" I remember thinking, "Steak? Like, the stuff people have been eating for thousand upon thousands of years now? Give me a break..." Even the stuff that is supposed to be healthy isn't--like the latest with the eggs recall. Of COURSE you'll get salmonella from eggs--if you don't cook them all the way. I've known that since I was nine years old!

I think it's about time that people develop a healthy sense of reality, instead of thinking that the news really is news, because it no longer is.

Anyway, great post!

Ed said...

Ha! Awesome! And true.

I even heard that there were MORE people shopping this year, they just weren't spending as much as last years crowd.

Media and government are stupid. If more people are shopping than last year, but the economy is in recession, then Obama's extending the unemployment benefits are only helping the jobless buy new TV's at Best Buy on Black Friday.

*note:Nothing racist was implied by using Obama, jobless, and Black Friday in the same sentence.*

The Office Scribe said...

You two make me glad I blog.

Southern (in)Sanity said...

I have noticed similar scenarios locally. They tell us about high unemployment, but people are out spending money.

Hell, the little tree lot the Boy Scouts run has sold out completely a week before they usually do.

I know it's not good for some people, but it's not as bad as the media would have us believe.

Megler said...

No, see, the problem is, you need everything from Crate & Barrel. It's all cute or clever and awesome and you just need it all!

Anonymous said...

i check in here a lot but never say anything , BUT i started thinking the same thing a few weeks ago.you really hit the nail on the head with this post.AND ANOTHER THING, how come the news stations will report a bus crash in russia to people here in the usa, but there is never any mention of anything about or from canada? you may hear things but i don,t- and it is a few hundred miles away. ok, gotta go for more coffee.....