Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

This is NOT the Great Depression

History, Truth

People act like we are in the great depression. I suggest that if you are with older family members this Thanksgiving, you speak to those who lived through the great depression. You will realize that no matter what the stock market is doing right now, you have much to be thankful of

My dad was just 11 when the stock market crashed on Black Thursday. He quit school to go to work at a bakery at age 13. The pay was not much, but he could take home old bakery and the rejects. Later on he worked for Kroger grocery stores in the produce department. Again, terrible pay. The bennies were he could take home the unsellable produce. What the family couldn't eat by cutting off the bad parts went to feed the few milk cows and pigs on the farm. (Beets and peas yielded sweeter milk. Don't feed a dairy cow onions!)

Saturday I was shopping for my monthly 5# bag of Alterra coffee at Mayfair Mall. I could not find a parking spot on the west side. (Had to go to the far north side.) The mall was crowded and people were buying. The Coach store in particular had about 14 shoppers inside with 5 waiting for check out at the counter. The Coach bag phenomena eludes me. Their purses to me are just an example of conspicuous consumption. The day I spend $400 on a purse, you better check to see if aliens have cloned me.

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