Saturday, January 31, 2009

Las Vegas Downturn Reflected In My Ugly Mood?

I'm sorry that I have not been very active on this blog lately.

It's funny, because all my life I have been idealistic and optimistic. But lately, it is getting really hard to maintain a positive outlook.

Every time I think I will post something, I feel like like somebody who is unhappy because they pray to find a light for their cigarettes, and then their house catches fire. Be careful for what you wish, it might not be what you really want or need.

So, the economy is really bad for the average Joe, and the new president who preached hope to get elected now talks in such pessimistic, dark, despairing and fearful terms whenever he addresses the American people. I thought about 1/3 of economic recovery is consumer optimism: the mood of the people, their faith in the future and the economy, so what gives here? I don't like this path we are going down right now. The so called recovery package is a joke, mostly payoffs to political contributers and very little real stimulation. OOPs, sorry, I promised I would never get political on this blog...

Anyway, during normal, happy February times I would be posting about wonderful things like the Super Bowl ( "Big Game" to those who celebrate it in Vegas ), romantic candle light dinners for Valentine's Day, and even the UFO conference in Laughlin!

I think this local Channel 8 TV news article about Vegas and the "Big Game" sums up "What's Happening, Vegas".

Everything goes in cycles, but most economists say we have not hit nor will we soon hit the nadir of the current downturn; so, I apologize for my current pessimism that borders on realism. Maybe we will all come out better and stronger on the other side of this messy down slope --- you know, "tempered", just like steel in a hot furnace. I just wish that somebody would lower the heat just a little, my ass hurts...

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they�d be happy for a while.

But February made me shiver
With every paper I�d deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn�t take one more step...


Chuck60 said...

The sum of my wisdom (as if there were any) is to
simply..hang in there. It will turn around,eventually.
The economy's such a cyclical thing..maybe we need a bottoming out? These tough economic times are a good wake-up call for us all. I just hope Washington gets their collective heads outta their collective asses and does something that makes sense and offers some decent policy so we can crawl out of this cellar. Good time to re-evaluate all our own individual "management" models. Beats finding a building to jump off of. Hang in there.

Chuck60 @

MercurialMike said...

@Chuck60 : Thanks for the great comment. I am starting to feel a little better today. Living here in Vegas has the advantage that one can drive a short distance to escape --- to Vegas' many casinos and watering holes ( especially watering holes ) and forget their problems for a while! It also helps to be on some strong psychotropic drugs ( just kidding!! )... Hoping that travel industry improves. Will be interesting to see visitor stats for "Big Game" day...

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