"I just got laid off so I'm working here until I get my resume around or maybe I'll go back to school. Anyway, gotta pay the bills."
Following that conversation was always more competent service and I always wished them well because I knew they'd be successful in any endeavor because they had their act together. When the economy stinks more skilled people are thrown into the workforce and eventually occupy jobs normally held by idiots.
Today I have full confidence that our economy has made a full recovery.
First stop is to CompUSA. I needed a new power supply for my laptop and was looking at the universal adapters. The description on the back of the package was close to my laptop's model number but was missing one letter. I asked a guy if he could look it up for me. He told me he'd like to but he was sorta busy. I didn't get a "one minute" or "I can find another person to help you" but instead was told that he was 'kinda busy.' I told him that I was kinda not shopping there anymore.
Second I stop into Bartell Drugs to get a new passport photo. The guy at the counter doesn't know how to work the camera. He calls his manager over and they just play with the camera for a few minutes and finally she just takes off with it. He and I stood there for about 5 minutes when I asked him, "Could you get an ETA on your manager?"
He said, "I don't know where she went."
I said, "Can you go find out?"
He asked me, "What do you want me to find out?"
I calmy told him, "I want to know if she's figuring out the camera so we both don't just stand here."
He said, "Okay." He wandered slowly toward the back of the store and stood by the pharmacy just staring.
Third and final stop I was standing in line at a teriyaki place with two people who are likely itinerant workers from a large country south of the United States. (I'm trying not to say Mexican) After they order and talk to the Asian woman behind the counter they both roll their eyes because they couldn't really understand her.
I guess her broken English was offensive to these two who apparently both possessed a more superior form of broken English. Sheesh.
So friends, just ignore all of the normal leading economic indicators and take my word for it. The economy is alive and well.