We just had a big birthday dinner with the whole family (and permanent honorary family members) and the steak and scallops were piping hot, the wine was flowing, and the banana cream pie and chocolate cake were as decadent as only they can be. (Hey, Sunday isn't part of the Lenten fast, don't you know?)
We went to Costco to get the goods for the party this weekend and the place was packed! While I was standing in the overflow crowd waiting for them to open a new checkout line, one guy looks at me and says:
"Where did all these people come from? Don't they know there's a recession on?"I have heard anecdotal evidence that warehouse stores were experiencing a surge in patronage, perhaps because people are trying to stock up on non-perishable staples like rice and beans , or perhaps due to the overall bulk cost savings. Me, I'm in it for the comfort food.
It's not what you'd call a scientific survey, but local experience seems to support the theory.