Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Stretching the Dollah

New Ipswich produced some famous people from President Franklin Pierce's wife to a surgeon, known in New Ipswich as Doc Shaw, who was one of the first doctors to reattach a severed arm.

I talked with his son many years ago and his statement of New Hampshire is telling.

'We know how to stretch the dollah.'

And we do.

But with gas prices rising and the global economic outlook becoming more and more bleak, we're tightening more than ever.

Last summer I was laid off from a tech writing job and my buying habits quickly transitioned to buying food and gas, food, gas, gas, food, and then more gasoline.

I heard a radio report that Starbucks is losing revenue. That isn't surprising, is it? Where a bag of coffee beans covers the cost of two frilly coffees?

My friend, Derek Burnett, posted several entries to his blog regarding the ill effect of capitalism and a projection into the tough times ahead.

Here's a link to his post Economy: Great Depression, the Sequel to give you some food for thought.

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