Read what the New York Times has to say about artists and the economy.
Sunday: Went to Target with my daughter to get, among many other things, wrapping paper for my niece’s birthday present. Got home — no wrapping paper.
Tuesday: Stopped into the local grocery store for a few much needed items. Later in the evening — with a flimsy, tearing bag of sloppy garbage in one hand — I searched high and low for the huge box of garbage bags I bought earlier — nowhere to be found!
Later Tuesday: Paid for a $5.50 hair thingy for my daughter’s dance recital. Used my last $20 bill ’til payday. Later, as I was preparing for the next day’s field trip I was to chaperone, I stared in my wallet with a feeling of frustration, realizing that I had been given change for a $10, not a $20. Now I have $4.50 to last me ’til payday.
Thursday: Trying to buy dinner for my family at the local pizza place, I tried to use my PayPal card. I knew I had money on this card — I checked before I left the house. The nice girl at the counter told me my card had been declined, “Please try again” I asked. Second time, no better luck. So I ran back to my car, got my bank card, took out $20 and ran back to get the food. Later, double checking that stinkin’ PayPal account, I noticed that I had indeed been charged for the food on my card! Oh, please.
Now, I’m absolutely certain that none of the people involved in these transactions had nefarious deeds in mind. But I can’t help but wonder if subconsciously everyone is holding on to things a little tighter? Or, it could be just a crazy coincidence — highlighted by the fact that it was very busy week and I may not have checked things as well as usual.
Coincidence or not — I’m going to be checking what I pay for vs. what I get a little closer!
Read this! — With the tightening of belts, comes the loosening of creativity. Here’s an article from the New York Times about how the economy is affecting artists and their work.
UPDATE: OK, maybe it is just me. Coming back to check this post that I put up this morning, I found three grammatical errors and one misspelling. (And that’s just the ones that I found — I’m sure there are more — my trusty editor-husband is out of town!)