Pam and I have been watching with horror as the state of the US economy just keeps getting worse and worse. While things here are nowhere as bad, still, there have been some layoffs (notably about 560 jobs by CanWest, the Canadian media company), and an old retail and music fixture in Vancouver called A&B Sound, where Pam and I got our first flat-screen TV a couple of years ago, has gone belly-up, the reports from the television and radio networks in the states are about as bad as I’ve ever heard. They are describing everything except depression-era soup lines, but I can even imagine that soon, if things continue the way they are going.
So it was with a little bit of surprise that I got an email from my father, that was a link to an NPR report by that echoed some of the worst of the news. What more could he add to the reports of woe? Why was he alerting me to this? It turns out that he and my mother both happened to be in downtown Manhattan when NPR had one of those ‘Man on the Street’ reporters trying to get the pulse of the shopping district. So, if the news isn’t too much of a bummer, at least I get to hear them on the radio, albeit via the Internet:[audio:NPR_Interview_Nov_15.mp3]
So the sky is falling, but at Lord and Taylor in NYC, they are handing out sale coupons. Good to know.