I WRITE ABOUT ALL KINDS OF THINGS . . . BUT THIS TOO IS REALLY IMPORTANT:
I’m Writing This Now . . . Because It’s Fresh In My Mind.
Normally – On The 15th Of Each Month, I Ask the Readers of Galganov.com to help Support this BLOG, but I’ll Do That In Tomorrow’s Editorial, since I think this Editorial should be A STAND ALONE PRESENTATION FOR ALL OF US TO THINK ABOUT.
The Following Illustrates Why I Am Certain About The Collapse Of Our Societies.
THE MEDIA, POLITICIANS & BUREAUCRATS ARE HIDING THE TRUTH:
Anne & I are Far from Being Financially Flush. But we’re also not Broke. And that said, the Distance Between Being Comfortable & Not . . . is Far Closer than Most People Care to Think About, Admit or Realize.
THE FOLLOWING IS NOT ANECDOTAL . . . IT’S A HARSH REALITY:
Last Night, Anne and I met with another Couple to Break Bread Together in the Big/Small Town of Cornwall Ontario, which for Anne and Myself is about a 40-Minute Drive.
Because of the Distance, and the CRIMINAL COST OF GASOLINE, about $5 & MORE PER GALLON IN CANADA, we decided to take Anne’s Miata Sports Car, which gets about 32-Miles Per Gallon, opposed to 10-Miles Per Gallon for my F-250.
BUT . . . Then it Dawned on us – I had to Pick-Up some Trellis to Finish off the New Gazebo I just Constructed on the Deck, so we took the F-250, and decided to suck-it up and Pay the Outrageous Cost in Gas. And if we were to be Driving the Truck, Stryker gets to Come Too . . . WHICH IS ALWAYS A BONUS.
At Cornwall, we Stopped at Home Depot to Purchase the Trellis and some 2×4’s. And at about 6:15pm, on a Gorgeous Early Evening when we arrived at the Home Depot Parking Lot, the Store was Pretty-Much Empty of Customers, which in itself Said A Lot.
But Also . . . There wasn’t anyone around from the Home Depot Store to give Service, which also Said A Lot. The Store was also Plenty Askew, which I had Noticed in Previous Visits. The Lumber wasn’t Neatly Stacked or Displayed. The Aisles were Clogged with Discarded Products, and the whole Store seemed Sullen, Instead of being Warm, Inviting & Geared to Promote Sales.
SO . . . Not only did they not have what I wanted within Reach, other than for some Broken & Discolored Pieces, there was No One Available for me to even ask about taking some Product down from an Elevated Storage Shelf by Forklift . . . SO I LEFT. I Bought Everything Today . . . AT LOWES IN CORNWALL.
We met our Friends at BOSTON PIZZA, which, when Brand New several years ago, used to be a Popular Cornwall Restaurant. So, we sat down, Anne ordered a Coffee, I a Soft Drink, and our Friends a Glass of Wine and a Coffee.
We Caught-Up on Life-Stuff, Spoke about Politics, the US Embassy Move to Jerusalem, Summer-Travel, their Adult Children . . . And The Menu.
The Cost of their Food was EXORBITANT, Especially for Italian Food, which is little more than Pasta, Flour, some Greens & Sauce, which, for Literally PENNIES, I can Cook (and do) at Home, and much Better may I add, than what we can Usually Buy in a Restaurant.
But, we Wanted a Night Out, and I Realize that the Cost of Operating a Restaurant in this Day & Age, with the Costs of Real-Estate, Light, Heat, Electricity, Gas, Insurances, Food, Salaries, Maintenance, Marketing . . . & TAXES, TAXES, TAXES – has become Prohibitive.
SO . . . If We’re going to be Spending as much as, and more than $60 On Pasta, Soft Drinks and a Coffee, for just the two of us, Including Food, Tax & Tip – I better get something Worthwhile, such as PLEASANT, EFFICIENT & ATTENTIVE SERVICE, Great Food, an Excellent Atmosphere & Cleanliness . . . NONE OF WHICH was Provided by the Cornwall Boston Pizza, especially when we Looked at the Two Teaspoons, one each in Two Separate Coffee Cups, which were Both REALLY GRUNGY.
I Got Up . . . Found the Manager, and Told him we were Leaving, because his Restaurant was Dirty, his Spoons were Unwashed, and we wanted no Part of his Atmosphere. He didn’t even Bother to say he was Sorry.
We Went To East Side Mario’s down the Street a bit from Boson Pizza, which was also Devoid of Patrons, Where we were also served by a Waitress WITHOUT much Personality or Appreciable People Skills, but the Food was Good, and before Long, the Waitress seemed to have got the Message.
At the end of the Meal, when the Waitress gave us the Bill, and I “needed” to add the Percentage of the Tip to the Total, I told the Server, that I didn’t know if I was going to give her any Tip, but since she came through in the End, I tipped my customary 20%.
TELL ME THIS ISN’T INSANE:
With Food, Taxes & Tip . . . With No Liquor, Beer, Wine or Dessert for Anne or Myself, Anne & I Spent $55.12 On Pasta with one Soft Drink & one Coffee. And if you want to add-in the Cost of Gas . . . This Simple Supper Out with Friends, COST US MORE THAN $100.
We Are Not Going To Do This Again . . .
There’s Nothing Smart About Getting Ripped-Off.
A FEW DAYS EARLIER, we also had to take Stryker to the Vet, because Stryker Developed a Hot-Spot on his Tail, probably from being Bitten or Stung by an Insect. The Visit took about 10-Minutes. There was some Basic Treatment, some Medication, and some Heart-Guard to Protect against Heart-Worm – $400.
Anne and I were Planning a Trip to Thunder Bay in June by RV, but with the Canadian Carbon Tax and the Cost of RV Parks during the Height of the Vacation Season – A Simple Drive of 2,000-Miles (Round Trip) would have cost Anne and Myself about $4000. So Instead, we decided to Rebuild the Deck with a New Gazebo & BBQ.
Our Friends, with whom we had Supper Last Night, were Planning with Anne and Myself for a Three Night Trip in July to North Conway New Hampshire, until we did the Math, and it worked out, that this Simple, RV Getaway, was going to cost Anne & Myself about $1000, because of Inflated RV Park Costs, Fuel & Restaurants . . . We’re Not Going.
Instead . . .
We’ll Go To Watertown NY At A Fraction The Cost With No Less The Pleasure.
The Restaurants, Home Depot & Other Places Aren’t Empty For No Reason.
BECAUSE OF THE INSATIABLE BUREAUCRACY – WE’RE NEAR THE END:
Why are we Being Taxed to Death? Why are the Politicians Imposing Draconian Taxes like the Carbon Tax? Why are the Politicians Forcing-Up Wages? Why are the Politicians Creating & Imposing Draconian Regulations?
It’s One Thing To Say Everything’s Hunky-Dory . . . It’s Another To Tell The Truth.
It’s Not How Much You Earn . . . It’s How Much The Government Allows You To Keep. And with Every Passing Day, the Cost of Government Grows. The Size of Government Grows. The Entitlement of Government Employees Grows. The Un-Funded Pensions of Government Employees Grows – The Incompetence of Government Grows . . . AND THE PEOPLE TO PAY ALL OF THIS SHRINKS.
I Can Write Whatever I Want . . . But The Truth Is In The Seeing.
I know what I was able to Afford Several Years Ago. And I know what I can Afford Today . . . AND I’M NOT UNIQUE. I’m one of you. I’m one of the Retirement Or Working Poor, Who Used To Be Called The Middle Class.
AS THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES . . . On It’s Path Of Incompetence – Restaurants, Renovation Centers and other Non-Essential Retail Establishments will Continue to Decline, which is the Real Harbinger, which is No Longer about the Things to Come, but which are Already Part of our Reality.
THE ECONOMY, MUCH LIKE A BALLOON, CAN ONLY EXPAND UNTIL IT BLOWS:
The American LEFT has no Idea how Lucky Their Country is for the Election of Donald Trump, even though They’re Too Stupid To Realize It. And because of Generations of LEFTIST Group-Think & Socialism, it Really Might be Too Late for even America to Avoid Financial Catastrophe, but at Least America has a Fighting Chance.
FOR EUROPE & COUNTRIES LIKE CANADA . . . Look to Venezuela for an Inkling of what Awaits us, because our BALLOON is Plenty Full, and not Very Far from Bursting. And it won’t take much.
Just Ask The People Who Own The Restaurants.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov