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

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 20:03:00 -0800

Seems to me that one cannot lose weight walking a few mintues to/from the
bus, even on both ends, repeated once daily.

However, if one examines the whole transportation cycle, I think one can
easily recognize that buses don't stop at every 7-11, but cars can.

If that's the Mexican restaurant that's a few doors to the East of the
Biograph (or where the Biograph was for such a long time), I can say that
the reason it doesn't have many patrons is because that hoity-toity "black
beans ane the only Mexican beans attitude" isn't authentic (except for
Chelangos [those that live in or near Mexico City, or want to]) and the food
sucked each time I tried it, not to mention the server's attitude.

Also, the average Washington civil servant goes home to Pittsburgh for
Thanksgiving, and even if they don't they tend to have extra food at home
just after thanksgiving.  (Yes, most Washington, DC civil servants are from
Pittsburgh; just ask a few.  If you were from Pittsburgh, it's the closest
city with jobs, after Steel moved on.)

Much better to go to the Austin Grill on upper Wisconsin Avenue.  Some folks
call that Georgetown, because it's on upper Wisconsin Avenue, but it's
actually a few blocks North of Burleith.

John Willkie, a former resident of Burleith, and a former regular at the
Austin Grill.  Hey, Tex Mex is better than no Mex!  And, just for reference,
the house I lived in was at the SE corner of 37th & Whitehaven Parkway,
Washington DC, NW.  "everybody knows" that Georgetown doesn't extend North
of 33rd street. 

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De: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] En
nombre de Albert Manfredi
Enviado el: Saturday, November 29, 2008 3:18 PM
Para: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Asunto: [opendtv] Re: News: TV Sales Becoming Litmus Test for U.S. Economy


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.
 
Bert
 
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