Things are sure weird lately.
1. I was getting something signed by my neighbors which would allow me to butt a fence up to theirs...I live in a neighborhood where most people are long retired and have lived in the same homes since the 60's. What I found out is that out of the 6 houses that abutt my propery, 2 are just starting foreclosure and 1 is in a short sale. I was stunned... it seemed like the kind of neighborhood where the ratio would be much lower, so I can barely wrap my mind around what the rest of the city is like.
The short sale house is selling for $120k less than it was on the market for, which was $50k too high a year ago.
2. The public boat launch by my cabin was empty on 4th of July morning, when normally there would be boats lined up to get on the lake. I've asked avid boating friends in the cities if they're getting out on the lakes at all, and they say they stay on the lake where the boat is moored or they just anchor somewhere and sit.
3. The local "lux" grocery store chain, which has been open 24 hours a day since I can remember is now closed at midnight. Also, I had a list of stuff to buy which took me into a lot of stores I haven't been in for a few years, and the selection and amount of goods in these stores was much less. The Shelves were noticeably more airy, and there were few options for what I was looking for.
There are also some unexpected positive things that have happened, besides the LBSs being incredibly busy and more people riding bikes.
1. There are a ton more openings in child care. I think it's become more cost effective for people to not work lower paying jobs if they have to drive too far.
2. The whole boating thing is much easier on the environment. I'm a kayaker, so I don't know first hand, but my step mom said it can cost $300 to fill up a lot of these boats. That's a lot of gas being used that is purely recreational. Plus, it's so much nicer on the lakes without all the boats, and there's less pollution.
3. Some people I know are buying shares in organic farms, and each week they get a share of whatever produce was harvested. Some of it is typical produce, some of it I've never heard of, but it's the new "in" thing to do around here.