Life has never been easier or better. More than 93% of us have jobs. Gas is under two bucks. They are practically giving away new cars with 0% financing. House prices are half of what they were a few years ago and a mortgage can be had around five percent.
It’s easy to get seats at fine restaurants. Prices are down for fine food. I walk into a Men’s clothing store and receive superior service, excellent product at half price and the salespeople openly express their sincere appreciation for my business.
Everything is great on TV: Lost, 24, Fringe, 30 Rock, The Mentalist… and Tivo let’s me access bascally anything at any time. Widescreen LCD TVs are cheap and plentiful. Vacations are wondrously inexpensive, airplanes uncrowded and on time, and there are incredible deals on vacation hotspots everywhere.
Everybody is very aware of and addressing the problems that we face economically and abroad and working hard towards resolving them.
Burger King just came out with the “Angry Whopper” which is the second true fast food delicacy that I’ve ever encountered (Popeyes spicy fried chicken and biscuits being the first.)
People at work seemed to have lost their feeling of selfish entitlement and are glad to have their jobs and committed to doing them well.
In general, people are a lot nicer and more concerned about each other than they have been recently. There’s a feeling that we’re all in this together.
If you’re a Republican/Conservative there’s a bit of a feeling of relief that now we’re not the whipping boys who are going to be blamed for everything bad that happens. What goes around comes around and doubtless payback will be a bitch.
if you’re a Democrat/liberal hey, you’re back in power and it’s going to be hard for things not to get better considering the way they are now, and even if they don’t you can still blame it on Republicans/Conservatives and their legacy for at least the next few years.
The level of hatred and vituperation in this place seems to have dropped dramatically and we’re no longer saying calling each other truly vile things over politics.
3 Cabinet nominees have withdrawn the bailout is a porky mess, Obama is trying to take over the census. Republicans are threatening to go to court and I’m debating Dawkins versus Aquinas. Politics is in the backseat where it belongs.
We are fortunate enough to live in one of those very rare times when stock valuations are so cheap that you can make a true fortune if you are prudent and brave. Opportunity is everywhere. GE is 1/4 what it was a year ago and is paying a 10% dividend. You don’t need to be a genius to take advantage of that.
Life is good.
(Idea stolen from David Granger in this month’s Esquire. I paraphrased the first paragraph or so.)