Musings from George

Holidays and retail
December 30, 2008, 7:05 pm
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So it’s official that the economy is shrinking (why does “official” so often equate with “obvious”?). Somehow when people lose 40% of their net worth, it affects their willingness to run out and buy yet another MP3 player or yet another pair of shoes.

It would be wonderful if we as a society could pause for a moment, and ask if last year’s holidays full of MP3 players and shoes was better than this year’s. I sincerely think that cutting back on our wasteful spending should help us realize how much we really do waste — Americans more than any other society.

We managed to visit with all of our immediate family in the past three months, and have seen several of them multiple times. Those are the moments that make the holidays worthwhile for me — not the gift cards, not the electronic toys that are going to work for less than a month. I’m terrible about recording the events, but honestly decided years ago that the people who focus on recording their holidays rarely enjoy them (if you don’t live in the moment, you are really only recording _other_ people’s moments).

Barack seems to be on a wonderful trajectory towards a great start as President. His cabinet is both diverse and distinguished, talented without appearing to bend towards loyalty. The malfeasance of Bush’s friends and family employment practices appear dead and gone, and I couldn’t be happier (heck of a job, Bushie!). A few of my conservative friends (yes, believe it or not I have conservative friends) are already salivating over Rahm’s contacts with Blago, and all I can say is that Cheney and his friends sacrificed more than 4000 soldiers in the dirt of Iraq so I am not going to lose any sleep over ANYTHING happening in Chicago today. They think they smell Whitewater Part 2, and all I can say is that I won’t miss Blackwater Part 1 (five of their employees are likely going to prison for murdering innocent civilians, and it is the right result but much later than it should have been).

Into the new year,  I’ll write a separate post with resolutions. Share yours, if you have made any! I’m happy, if heavy; productive, if overly busy; proud, if sometimes annoyed with a child; and optimistic, without qualification, about the changes that I see coming to the US and the world in 2009.

Enjoy the new year, and carpe diem to the new year’s eve.