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Friday, February 13, 2009

Depression Around the Corner?

About once a month I go to the Grocery store. The customers were not smiling, it was like everyone was in there own little worlds. I even had a guy stop me and asked if the cheaper caned biscuits were as good as the name brand. I told him if it was for taste then buy the named brand. But if it was to be covered in gravy then buy the cheaper. He thanked me and I went back to shopping.
I was surprised to see this huge area just for Ramen Noodle Soup. The shelves was 99% empty.

The prices for food is still climbing.

Gas prices are up to $1.99 a gallon.

People are still loosing their jobs. There are a lot of car makers that are closing which is making other places close as well. The unemployment rate so far this month is 4.6 up from 4.5 last month, with 148,390 unemployed. That number is off, I am sure there are individuals like my self that has never filed for unemployment. So they don't know about me. Maybe they do. I am not sure, but I believe it to be a tad bit higher.

The closest town to where I live has a Dairy Queen that has been open since before 1970. Its now closed and for sale.

Getting an interview in Indiana is a task within its self. When you take your application to the manager and she says "I don't know when I will get to this, I have 3 stacks of applications on my desk". Once she said that, I quickly said I have restaurant experience. She said sorry but I have to go. She was not rude about it. I understand what she is going through, I have been in a position that me and 4 others had to interview hundreds of applicants.

The New Casino here in Indiana, had 5 hour lines for interviews, most of the time standing outside in the freezing weather. A spokes woman for the Casino said, "if they waited in the freezing weather, and came in here with a smile on there face, that they were going to be considered first."

Things looks grim for Indiana.

I believe that depression is around the corner, how quickly its going to hit us is unknown.

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