Could you people fuck it up any worse ?
Oh, we probably could/will.
Looks that way, to be truthful. I just spent three weeks in the US and it's not pretty. Could be because of where I was but ...
Grocery store prices are similar to what they were ten years ago. Not the same but not appalling, either.
So why is a mediocre, no, a
mediocre meal three times as much as it was ten years ago ? Fifteen dollar hamburgers ? Why do you put up with that crap ? I was fool enough to order a medium Coke at Bungler King. The damned thing came in a five gallon cup and cost six bucks. Guys ? That's
Waitresses don't get any more than they did a decade ago, food is not THAT much higher, so what's the deal ? Two candles on the table and a "Hi ! My name is Jeffrey and I'll be your waiter tonight" triple the cost ? And WHY so ridiculously large ? Who can eat a two pound hamburger ? I happen to know that Bungler King and Mickey still possess normal human sized cups. They use them here in China. So why do Americans put up with this crap ?
Urinals - wtf is going on there ? Take a normal-sized urinal and mount it six inches off the floor ? Which nitwit thought this up ? If you want to use the same hardware for both five year olds and Wilt Chamberlain, then use the ones they had in the thirties - full height, from floor to elbow. What happened to intelligence ? We're trying to copy China in the "I don't care if it works, everything fits on the drawings" sweepstakes ?
Music. It's possible that my ears are failing but we went to dozens of places with music that I know well playing in the background. Either Sony is selling Diner Music CD's covered by Johhny in His Garage so they wouldn't have to pay the original singers, or Pat Boone has remastered every sixties and seventies song in the archives. Elevator Rock, really cool. Barf.
The people of my group are starting to get old. People with manufacturing businesses making real stuff. Good stuff, with customers like Joe Gibbs. They can't give their businesses away. No one wants any nasty manufacturing company, that's so outre. You could get your hands dirty !
Meanwhile, the industrial parks that used to be 95% full at all times are 2/3 empty. "We need jobs ! We need jobs !" Well it's a fine time to leave me, Lucille. Shoulda thought of that when you sent all the real work overseas so you could all be real estate agents, webmasters, and sell life insurance.
All these talentfree people wandering around in their $300 True Religion jeans and driving their Mercedes SUV's while they are $300,000 upside down in their over-mortgaged houses ... wtf, wreck ? This is the US now ? It's disgusting.
Just out of curiosity, are you claiming the distance exemption from the generic "you people"? That doesn't sound very working class hero-ish to me - thought the janitor would always be there to help clean up the mess.....
No working class hero here. No distance exemption, maybe a Cassandra exemption. I started screaming about Kirk Kerkorian and Bill Agee in the late seventies. Voodoo economics and trickle down and every bit of fascist crap that came along for the next thirty years. (Benito Mussolini invented fascism : his definition was "Operation of the government for the benefit of the corporations." If that doesn't describe the past thirty years of American society then I don't know what does.) Nobody gave a rat's ass. Fine, y'all wanted this shit, now you've got it. (Not you in particular, wreck. Not even everyone ... but enough. More than enough. "We need rich people to give jobs to the poor people." God, can we say "brainwashed" ?)
Y'all made your bed, now y'all get to lie in it. The US is a nation of spoiled overgrown children. When I think of all the sacrifices that my parents went through so that the slimy greedy self-righteous assholes of the past thirty years could throw it all away, it makes me want to cry. Or puke, not sure which.
Plus I missed out on picking up an SGI that would have been perfect. Now that really makes me want to cry, but my own fault