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Maseratis, Mansions and… Microwaves?

I read in yesterday’s NY Times that “a recent Pew Research Center survey found that fund that many more Americans had begun regarding products like microwave ovens as luxuries rather than necessities.”

Setting aside that the survey may have been tainted because none of the respondents have ever had to feed a hungry toddler--or teenager--in under two minutes, I started to reflect on its findings.

If this means that we are moving as a country from “must-haves” to “what’s necessary?” then I am delighted.  The surrounding article discusses just that shift into a thrift economy even when the recession truly ends. 

If this means that ease and convenience will be reserved only for the rich, then a lot of people with hungry mouths to feed will have to deal with elongated stress or resort to serving ice cream and fruit for dinner.  

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My latest Huffington Post blog-column has been posted.  I’m giving you fair warning that this is not my usual type of submission, but I'm trying something a bit different to gauge any response.


Change Your Panties, Change Your Life!

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casey492
May. 11th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the article as usual. I thought it was funnier that Google chose to run the following ad under it.

Women's Panties Sale
Browse our great selection of sexy and beautiful panties. Shop & Save!


real_lawyer
May. 11th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
vonblueguy
May. 12th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
“a recent Pew Research Center survey found that fund that many more Americans had begun regarding products like microwave ovens as luxuries rather than necessities.” - having said that, I think buying those things that matters rather than investing our money to those unneeded luxuries will help lessen the effects of economic crisis on everybody.
real_lawyer
May. 12th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
I agree we need to focus on what we truly need, but retailers selling microwaves are now bound to take a downturn, as well.
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