It's time for your comments - what are you seeing out there in the world? Is the economy humming? Dragging? It's tougher than ever for me to tell because I'm out here in the woods. Some things to keep in mind: 1) It's not a great channel check if you go to Best Buy or The Mall on Saturday and it's crowded - it's always crowded on Saturday. However, if you go on Saturday and no one is there, that has a lot of informational value. 2) Same thing for NYC Restaurants and Bars - they're always full on weekends. What I really want to know is: is the mall so crowded that you can't even get a parking spot? What is it like on Wednesdays? What are restaurants like on Tuesday and Wednesday night? Are they full on weekends?
Here are my anecdotal data points:
1) My wife and I continue to have trouble getting contractors (like electricians, tree trimmers to) to do work for us. This has been an ongoing problem for us since we moved in - they come to do an estimate, but then it's impossible to get the estimate from them - I have to pester them relentlessly for weeks. I'm more inclined to say this is just bad business sense, but it's possible that they are so busy that they don't need my business - although that's doubtful because the have the time to come do the estimate!
2) Last night a guy on my soccer team who does gravestone repair said he can't find help - he needs strong guys who can lift big pieces of marble
3) Another guy on my soccer team who does boiler installations said he bid on a big public project and there were only two bidders. I said "Is that because things are so good that people are already full of work?" He said "no - there's no business out there so everyone is shutting down - you have to know where to look to find projects out for bid." In other words, sounds like competition is declining as people give up....
What are you seeing?