Wednesday, September 09, 2009

09.09.09

Yarah Bravo announces the opening tonight of a new club in London...

The Sunday comics distributed with the weekend's newspapers kept with the Labor Day theme (unofficial end of summer / back to school) ... one comic, "Grand Avenue" by Steve Breen pondered the greater meaning of things: "Summer is a lot like life... (How So?) In the early days it seems like it will last forever... then BOOM! It's over before you know it. It's packed with fun, yet toward the end you look back with regret at the things you couldn't squeeze in. Yes, the days of sunshine and vitality are about finished. Soon the winds of change will bring a bitter chill, followed by an inevitable withering and then...death." Panel changes to a later hour: "[What's wrong?] (I'm in the Labor Day weekend of my life.")

Certainly there are many people of varying ages who see themselves in that framing. Whether you are my 88-year old neighbor across the street, or rockstar PINK who just turned 30 on Tuesday, that innocent comic strip may have crushed your spirit. Think of all the GOOD things in your life, and be thankful for them! If you have a job (15 Million Americans lost theirs in the last 18 months) be thankful, and if you can, be resourceful: ask yourself "How can I improve my position here?" - You may need to start networking or knocking on doors in search ofother employment, or you an idea might pop into your head that could manifest in a promotion. You never know!

If you find yourself in a tight economic squeeze, be it unemployment or underemployment, investigate what local, state and / or federal programs may be available to help YOU. In these murky economic times an awfful lot of programs and giveaways and services have been established to help people. But they can't help those who don't know about them!

Sunday and Monday's news delivered a sliver of hope about energy prices: it looks like the cost of heating this winter will be down considerably *smile* - but before rejoicing keep an eye on what OPEC decides today - they're supposed to be meeting to review their "crude oil output policy."

September, according to several business magazines, is usually a down month for the stock market, so don't be surprised if there's financial terror on Wall Street. Some of those "financial experts" beleive we're NOT coming out of recession just yet, that the sour economy is ending Phase I of a "double dipper" where, jsut as we think we're on the way out, things drop again. We'll see!

There's GOOD NEWS NOW for Beatles and iPod fans! Apple's full updated line is to be revealed today (Sony Walkman just passed the 'pod in sales for the first time in god-knows how long!) and the long awaited digitally re-mastered versions of the Fab 4's studio albums are out today (give me vinyl) plus "The Beatles: Rock Band" videogame is released today.
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