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How does it feel?

On Marketplace, they said they have a place on their website where people can write in how the economy feels to them.


I think it's kind of dry on top, but damp underneath, and there are prickles at the edge that ooze if you break them, and that stuff gives you a hella rash if you get it on you.

How about you? What does it feel like to you?


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Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
Economy as weird fungal growth for the win.
Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
Scratchy, like a heavy wool blanket with lots of moth holes in it. It also smells of mildew.
(no subject) - asakiyume - Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:52 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Feel? I don't know. I just notice that the selection of calendars seems lackluster.

It seems every recession shakes out the weaker selling ones. And -- sigh -- even the gorgeous ones never return.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
Calendars as economic indicators--I like it.
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Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
This would make an excellent economic indicator too. I can just hear it on NPR, "And today three eldritch tentacles were sighted emerging from the icy, oily depths, indicating irrational exuberance on the part of the one percent and quailing and trembling in their huts on the part of the ninety-nine."
(no subject) - amaebi - Oct. 24th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
Over-oily. :(
Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Yep, that sounds greasily correct -_-
Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
How about you? What does it feel like to you?

Like five o'clock with insomnia.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:29 am (UTC)
And based on your most recent entry, I was going to suggest it probably feels like being asked to drag a boulder using a shoulder strap with sharp spikes in the strap that dig into you as you pull.

Oct. 23rd, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
I don't know about *feel*, but I sure can't dance to it.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Economy: arrhythmic as hell.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
The economy feels like a very large water balloon in one's hand, rolling to the left and the right, seeking the ground that it might burst. If one grasps it too tightly to keep it from falling, it might also burst.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
This is an excellent analogy of the risks in both directions.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 07:37 am (UTC)
It gets all over you and can't be washed out with normal household detergent. Every time I find a smear of market on me I groan as I know it's going to mean months of mental cleansing. Last time the stain totally ruined my karma and I had to buy another one.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
"Don't come into the house with the market on your shoes! Wipe that stuff off on the mat!"
(no subject) - maryvictoria - Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2014 07:47 am (UTC)
I find the Economy is not too bad, maybe a little scratchy, and the leg room can be a bad tight. But I'd much prefer Business, if I could afford it.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hear the drinks are free in Business :-P
Oct. 23rd, 2014 08:27 am (UTC)
Like traversing an arête, several hundred feet up, with the cold wind gusting.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
Yep, that sounds accurate.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:17 am (UTC)

In other words, how could it sound any different now that you've described it so well?
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
Hee, I was just intrigued by how tactile we could make the economy. I like the various directions people have taken their answers.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:24 am (UTC)
It feels like slogging through sticky mud as I watch my daughter struggle to find a decent paying job, and fail.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:03 am (UTC)
I am watching so many of my friends struggle and suffer, and I'm reminded of the labrea tar pits, with the sweet water on top, and underneath the horror of "shareholder value."
(no subject) - asakiyume - Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - amaebi - Oct. 24th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - sartorias - Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
I need to work more on the feel side.

What it looks like to me is a busy machine, less shiny than it was, spitting out bones-- shrinking and not noticing that it's shrinking.

ETA: One thing it feels like is a soup tureen of narrow sharp needles.

Edited at 2014-10-24 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oct. 25th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
YES. I was thinking about needles, too.
(no subject) - amaebi - Oct. 25th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
soylent green.
Oct. 25th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
Hahaha, no doubt!
Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
It feels OK to me until I pass one of the many homeless in Boston. Then it feels very uncomfortable.
Oct. 25th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
Yeah :-(
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