[opendtv] Re: News: TV Sales Becoming Litmus Test for U.S. Economy

  • From: Albert Manfredi <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 18:17:57 -0500

This sort of article really makes me wonder.
It's a bit like articles I've read about people who had to start using public 
transportation, when the price of gasoline went to $4.00 and more. They were 
saying how much weight they had lost just by making that one change in their 
lives. To which my reaction was, huh? Just how sedentary must you be, if the 
mere act of walking a few minutes to the bus stop causes a sharp weight loss?
In this case, one can only wonder how much money consumers habitually throw out 
the window, if the effect of some prudent level of household savings causes 
such a drastic downturn. What, they were never concerned before about "I'm a 
stable provider. They may turn to me."??
Last night, we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant in Georgetown. Could be 
partially due to the long weekend, but I was surprised that there were very few 
patrons. How come? Much of their clientele is no doubt civil servants, whose 
jobs are not affected that much by the economic woes, at least not yet. So 
where were they? Or said another way, how close to the brink were they before, 
when the place was typically packed on Friday nights?
Seems to me, in spite of what Craig keeps saying, FOTA TV could make a 
comeback. Thanks to the economy and to the DTV conversion.
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