Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sign Of The Times

Orvis, midtown Manhattan.

If you have a candidate for this blog category, please send it to me. Some sort of sign in the photo is good but not necessary.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sign sign, everywhere a sign."

2/15/2009 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

imho, that picture doesn't look unique. Those not on the coasts, I suppose, this has been normal for some time. Was flicking channels, and E! had a show on Valentine gifts. They showed a $25,000 gold topped, chocolate rich sundae at a Manhattan store called Serendipity. If I were a quadrillionaire, in good times or bad, I wouldn't spend $25k on something like that. It doesn't make sense. When I hear folks spending $500 on jeans, I think my $16 jeans at Farm and Fleet is really a smart purchase. We were driving home this past week, we noticed parking lots full. They were visiting a more expensive hamburger joint and pizza place, and Ben and Jerry's. However, the strip mall itself looked bleak. I don't think random pictures of marked down stuff from who knows where of unknown quality is a sign. This might be a better picture [A picture of an armed sheriff moving through an American home after an eviction due to a mortgage foreclosure was named World Press Photo of 2008].

I was reading an article about Dubai in the NYT's and they seem to be having a rough go of it. They were really going there for awhile in the luxury department. Most people couldn't afford 10 minutes in their hotels, let alone their man-made palm island.

PS: Frontline is going to have a program this week on, "Inside the Meltdown".

2/15/2009 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orvis items have always been overpriced.

2/16/2009 5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We live in the country so much of my wifes shopping is done online.

Everyday she gets e-mails from vendors announcing yet another markdown of alread maked down products.

Sometimes the markdowns happen within hours of their last e-mail.

2/16/2009 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We got an email from the Pottery Barn for kids catalog this weekend.

A quilt marked down from $220 to $6.99. Not that it was ever worth $220 to begin with, but still.

2/16/2009 12:04 PM  
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2/17/2009 3:31 AM  
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2/17/2009 2:41 PM  
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"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign..."

Blocking out the scenery, blocking my mind, do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

2/18/2009 12:16 PM  
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