Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I dropped in to my local cash-only Chinese take-out this evening on the way home from work. I noticed as I was paying that my payment was entered on two cash registers. I suspect one is for the real set of books, and the other for the collection of drooling free-spending halfwits we call "The Gu’mint."

(BTW, a Russian friend of mine tells me the English word “Governor” sounds to Russians like the Russian word “guvno,” which means “shit.” I like that.)

This fits with my experiences on Buford Highway, Inside The Perimeter (ITP). ITP between I-285 and Lenox Road, it’s mostly Asian businesses. At my favorite place to eat out, a Malay restaurant, they'll take MasterCard, but almost everyone pays in cash. Despite the recent economic unpleasantness, it’s mobbed every time I go. Hell, the whole strip mall is mobbed. It’s the standard one-strip-mall-fits-all place: insurance, supermarkets, doctor, chiropractor, needle guy, dentist, video store, pho, Malay chow, etc. No downturn here, let me tell you. These people operate in cash, and they have lots of it. I think the HGWIC at the Malay place is an Irish immigrant though, being Irish myself, I’m too well-mannered and reticent to ask his background. In my Asian neighborhood, I fit right in.

Anyway, it looks to me like there’s a whole other cash-based economy springing up, in almost full view, that pays no heed to our Imperial Federal/State Overlords.

And I welcome it.

Reckon I need to learn me some Mandarin.

BTW, all prospective California immigrants to Georgia, the Atlanta outside air temperature tonight is supposed to get down to 13 degrees Fahrenheit, and I expect it will do just that. Not only is “Global Warming” a fake, the U.S. Southeast is a leader in the coming “Global Freeze.” Stop in Arizona a time. Or in Texas if you’re so inclined. I’d advise not passing Nacogdoches. The people beyond adhere to a collection of laws passed by a French midget (”littler person” to y’all). In that state, you’re guilty until proven innocent, or some such, it’s all upside down there, though they do make good alligator tail sausage, I ga-ron-tee!

OK. I’ll stop now, and move away from the keyboard.

Y’all don’t come down here, y’hear?

What a pleasant story you tell and it may well save my current contract. In the midst of going surely completely mad trying to get js prototype event/observer working in facelets I, thankfully, decided to catch up on your blog. Also giving me ideas on how to get more cash things into my business expenses...
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