Self Feeling Optimistic. Is the End Nigh?

When self looks around her, she thinks she sees some very hopeful signs, dear blog readers.  Signs that the end might be nigh.  Self means, the end of the recession.

Of course, hubby’s still down-in-the-dumps about the start-up he works for, but suddenly, the houses in self’s neighborhood that have been up for sale seem actually to be selling.

And, no question, this summer is waaaay better for the movie industry than last (Even less well-reviewed movies like “Angels and Demons” and “Terminator: Salvation,” are making money).

Not only that, self read an article in the Wall Street Journal that said that Open Table, a web service that lets restaurant patrons reserve tables at their favorite restaurants, is so incredibly hot right now.  And you wouldn’t think people would be doing a lot of eating out at fancy restaurants —  not unless they were feeling pretty flush.

And the lines at the Mountain View Costco suddenly got super-long, in the past two weeks (so, obviously, people are still shopping for giant bags of dry cereal, nachos, popcorn, and what-have-you.)

And Wells Fargo declared a profit.

But there are still some sectors of American industry that are languishing, and these are:

  • print newspapers
  • Barnes & Noble (self wonders if Amazon.com is doing as poorly —  probably not)
  • the U.S. Post Office (bleeding money rather precipituously)

Let’s see, what else?  Self is still mourning the cancellation of “Eleventh Hour” and “Without a Trace” (She’s been an Anthony LaPaglia fan since the movie “Lantana”), but it looks like Simon Baker, aka “The Mentalist,” will be around for a couple of seasons.  And even though self’s neighborhood Long’s morphed into CVS, none of her favorite neighborhood restaurants closed (except, that is, for Beard Papa!).

Yes North Korea is still crazy, but they have so far not managed to strike fear and panic into the heart of the average American citizen.

And Iran let the young American reporter go.

And most of the literary journals self likes to read (like Calyx, and juked, and Sou’wester) are still around.

Perhaps we’ll be able to pull through, after all?

And, the weekend is almost here!  One of the movies hubby wants to see, “Up,” is opening, and the incomparable Redwood City Pet Parade is this Saturday, in Courthouse Square.  Self thinks it is so much fun to see a movie and then walk around downtown RWC when there is a fair.  This one has the “Pet and Owner Look-Alike Contest.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

3 Comments

  1. KB said,

    May 29, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Yes, it seems that way here too! Houses are selling and the movies are full of people. The supermarkets are full too. My daughter in NYC found a job right away.

  2. Penny said,

    May 31, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Lantana is one of my very favorite movies! Anthony is hot! Really different and atmospheric. You should see Heavenly Creatures which is also set in Australia.

  3. May 31, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Penny!

    I watched “Lantana” over and over — maybe three times. I cried every time. I will check out “Heavenly Creatures” — why do I think that must star a young Kate Winslet?


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