Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

I'll know the recession is over when. . .

Economy, Recession

". . . I get a job."

". . . I stop putting up with two malfunctioning keys on my piano and finally call in the tuner."

". . . I no longer count mail-in rebates as income."

". . . the line at the food bank is shorter."

". . . people stop trying to fit their lives into a carryon to avoid the $20 checked baggage fee."

". . .car ads on television replace those for depression meds."

I stole the question and the answers above from the AARP Bulletin. Because no matter how often we hear that the economy is getting better, as long as it includes the continuing disappearance of jobs and reduced income or security for ordinary people, it's a bit of misleading spin.

For that confidence the financial markets are hoping to see from us, we'll have to see some real signs of economic spring for us, not just them.

The folks who deliver my mail will know the recession is over when I collect it every day. Right now, I associate the box with bills and bad news.

The folks at Brueggers will know the recession's over when I stop waiting for Wednesdays to buy my bagels. Though I might keep it up and pop for a Stone Creek latte on the side.

What's your sure sign indicator that the recession's over?

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