Today has been a hell of a day. Literally. Not good. A bad start to the new year all the way around. Dog split a nail, couldn’t be property exercised. Writing an article that I estimated to take an hour instead took three. Left at 1:30 to mail some packages and buy some envelopes. Came back at 5:00, without envelopes. The post office is only ten blocks away. Got back and dog had made a huge mess and was very cranky due to said split nail and lack of exercise. Along the way got bumped in my car by a road raging driver, wasted money on a parking meter that didn’t work and spent $35.00 to ship something that just a few years ago would have cost $15.00 to ship.
I smell collapse in the air. The American economy is not doing so well, not in the way that the administration and the capital class claim. People are nervous, uncomfortable. Things are broken and aren’t being replaced. The line at the post office was two hours long. The line at the drugstore where I was trying to buy envelopes was longer than I could wait. They were sold out of nearly everything including the sorts of envelopes I needed, but in desperation I picked up what they had and in line for forty-five minutes and gave up. People are returning Christmas items that didn’t work out. $4.00 and $6.00 items, returning them after an hour and a half in line.
People do not spend an hour and a half to return a $4.00 item unless they don’t know where their next $4.00 is coming from and they’re not confident they’re going to get it. Store shelves in national chain stores don’t stay bare for weeks on end unless stores are deathly afraid of overstock. They don’t allow hour-and-a-half lines to form while four out of six registers are empty unless they’re deathly afraid of excess labor costs. People do not get so worked up over a traffic light that they’re willing to hit someone else with their car unless they are so under the gun in life that every situation feels like it might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
This economy is not in good shape and that fact hasn’t hit everyone yet, but the evidence is everywhere and getting worse. Subprime hasn’t really even it us yet; the bulk of these loans have yet to reset.
We gotta get out.