Bits and pieces:
I somehow managed to spend $18 (for two, including tip) at a diner with really, really slow service. Slow and expensive= bad diner.
I was also taken out to dinner at a restaurant where the bill came to about $72, I think, before tip. This was for 3 glasses of wine, two appetizers and one entree. One of the appetizers was excellent, but the rest of the meal was just so so.
I compare this to last week, when I went to my beloved Pearl Oyster Bar. Dinner for two (4 glasses of wine, a small bucket of steamers, 6 raw oysters, and 2 lobster rolls) came to $146 including tip. The lobster rolls were $27 each! They've never been cheap, but I was shocked that the price had gotten so high. But they are so delicious, I was much less annoyed to pay for that than for the slow diner or the mediocre restaurant.
The New York Times Magazine on Obama's economic proposals.
A profile of a community hit hard by the housing bust
And most relevant of all, M. P. Dunleavey's column from this past Saturday:
Feeling Broke? Talk It Out
YOU might not think there is a bright side to this gloomy economy, but I have spotted one.
People are talking about money. Not griping (we’re all fed up with that), or bragging (that’s so 2006). But lately I’ve been hearing, and often joining in, actual interpersonal communications of a financial nature.
As many of us in the PF blogosphere have always believed, talking openly about finances can really help us reach our goals and not get discouraged when we fall short. PF blogs started to take off a few years ago, when the economic outlook was much brighter and we were at the heights of the real estate boom. Perhaps the fact that things were going well made a lot of people want to brag, or at least share what they felt had led to their success. Many blogs, after all, take a tone of authority, and people turn to them for advice and education even if the blogger lacks any real credentials.
What about now? Will we see more blogs detail the unraveling of real estate investments and the struggle to get by after losing a job? And outside the blogosphere, in "real life," will this new openness about money continue? I personally can't say I've seen a change in people's tendencies to discuss finances-- have you?