[Plague kills 1/3rd of Europe. A collector is carrying away the dead on a large wooden cart.]
The Dead Collector (calling out): Bring out yer dead.
Large Man [tosses over a body for the collector]: Here’s one.
Collector: That’ll be ninepence.
Body (wasn’t really dead): I’m not dead.
Large Man: Nothing. There’s your ninepence.
Body: I’m not dead.
Collector: ‘Ere, he says he’s not dead.
Large Man: Yes he is.
Body: I’m not.
Collector: He isn’t.
Large Man: Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill.
Body: I’m getting better.
Large Man: No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.
Collector: Well, I can’t take him like that. It’s against regulations.
Body: I don’t want to go on the cart.
Large Man: Oh, don’t be such a baby.
Collector: I can’t take him.
Body: I feel fine.
–Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
You read that right: In my neck of the woods, Retail actually looks "robust"
Despite my many laments about the ongoing deterioration of the Retail sales environment and the increasingly tiring consumer, the personal experience I had today was that of a vibrant retail economy, with scores of shoppers, full parking lots and major traffic jams.
This being a Saturday afternoon, I met Missus Big Picture, her sister and mom, for some lunch and furniture shopping. The flat screen arrived Tuesday, and the big unit it goes in will be here in 3 more weeks. We still need seating, hence today’s venture.
I met the girls at Cheesecake factory (CAKE), which was mobbed. From there is was Fortunoff’s (very busy), Macy’s (M) (moderately busy), Best Buy (BBY) (busier parking lot than store, but still showing traffic), Sixth Avenue Electronics, PC RIchards, and
All told, the roads were thoroughly jammed, the stores were moderately full.
Two caveats: I have no idea if the shoppers were buying or just kicking the tires. (We ended up buying nothing, but the missus had me order a DVD recorder from Amazon when we got home).
The other caveat is that I live in Nassau County, which consistently shows up amongst the wealthier places in the country. So perhaps this is not reflective of what is going on elsewhere in the USA . . .
Cool! Embeddable Google Maps!
Removed — man, did that slow things down!
Here’s the snap — all the open space are stores, parking lots, etc.