Beth from Chevy Chase, MD, lobbed in an eloquent comment to a prior posting in this spaceconcerning the death of one of my favorite childhood establishments in Chicago. Every now and then I like to wrest some of your thoughts from the blogroll of time and give them a little air and sunshine, particularly on a rainy and recessed day here in New York.
Beth’s remarks are all the more germane as we consider the confluence of trends on which we’re now surfing. One the one hand, the price of fuel is soon going to limit our ability to travel, ship goods and hence create the kind of national branding that has always been a way of life for us. On the other hand, local businesses are dying faster than you can say Odd Lots.
Anyway, here’s Beth on the subject.
Thank YOU, Beth. I note that you posted this melancholy screed at about 2:53 AM this morning. Sounds like you keep my kind of deplorable hours, online habits and prevailing mood at that hour.
Now I’m going to go downstairs to the corner store. I like the muffins and coffee there, both of which seem home made. There’s a Pret-A-Manger moving in across the street and I’d like to make a little statement when I buy my breakfast, as long as I have the opportunity to do so.