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First Week Of July: Weird Or What?
#1
This is my first post at the Conspiracy forum, here.

My sales are way-off this first week of July.

Has anyone else noticed weak consumer spending during this period?

How about your own spending? Feeling tight? Like you don't spend a dime you don't have to?

Is this a conspiracy? (There, qualified)
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#2
I suppose it would depend on what sort of product you are selling...
How does this year compare to the same week last year and the year before...

maybe it is Global Warning?
ah... I mean... Global Warming?
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#3
Sales have been lower each month. Some clients are spending big bucks, but the majority are being very tight. Tough when you're on 100% commission. I made less than minimun wage, for the past two weeks. I'm about ready to chuck it all, and take a job at a supermarket, just to get an honest day's pay. Lots of us are struggling just to pay bills. Hi
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#4
<img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/hi.gif" alt="Hi" title="hi" /> redshift!

Sorry to hear things are so slow for you. You and Andy both. I think people are getting squeezed from so many directions and it is finally at the critical point. Higher gas prices, medical expenses, interest rates, etc. and wages not keeping up or going down.
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#5
Hi Redshift, I opened the door for you, should be able to log on now.



It's the fuel prices..
it's wiping us middle classers the hell out.
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#6
Thanks Keith! i'm happy to be here. Lots of familiar faces! :scream:
All the good peeps from the past few years. I love the conspiracy forum, and it will keep me busy catching up on my reading for a while.
Gas prices are affecting work and shopping habits. Taking long vacations, via your car, will become a thing of the past. I couple of years ago, we were amazed when our friends in the UK told us how much their gas cost, which was equivelant to $5.00 a gallon. We may see those prices by the end of the year. I'm seeing drastic price increases at the supermarket for things like plastic garbage bags, and other petroleum-based products. Deliveries cost more, and that will trickle-down to raising the prices of all goods.
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#7
The Elite don't like to share. Cheers
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#8
And when the lead runs out, they can wear Arrow shirts.
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#9
[quote author="Samurai Jane"]And when the lead runs out, they can wear Arrow shirts.
Brucelee


~ Ninja ~
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#10
The entire month has been somewhat jinxed for me so far. Long story. This splains a lot:
Quote:Like June, July features significant Mars action; namely an opposition to Neptune on the 5th (activating the year's signature T-square configuration). This opens the month on a note of danger, stress, and conflict. The Mars-Neptune alignment is within a few degrees of exact from late June (the 28th) through the 13th of July - the customary plus or minus one week wake for a Mars aspect. This is a celestial portrait of action, aggression, conflict and confrontation at all levels of human experience, from the individual to the collective - with a twist of subterfuge, confusion, deceit or mystery tossed in. Fires, explosions, oil and chemical spills, crashes, crime and military or paramilitary threats and strikes (including terrorism) will make even more headlines than usual during this stretch of the month. Be alert and cautious, steer clear of danger and conflict as much as possible - and otherwise, go in as well prepared (heavily armed, even) as you possibly can. I'm not predicting that peace will break out all over after the 13th; just that the worst of the worst for the month is in by then...
http://www.astropro.com/homeNS45.html
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#11
Hi Redshift... it has been years!

great to see you.
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I do understand about the squeeze.
I think the supermarkets (at least the big ones) pay a lot more than what I am making these days.
:scream:
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#12
Quote:I think the supermarkets (at least the big ones) pay a lot more than what I am making these days.
:scream:

The supermarkets are the last industry to still pay a "living wage". The unions are still strong there. People do not know their history and have forgotten why unions were formed in the first place.

There is a local family-owned grocery chain in Houston (HEB) that is still run like a normal grocery store. No stupid cards to scan, no self-check aisles, properly staffed so you never have to wait in long very long, low employee turnover and good prices. Kroger has gone down the tubes and has all the aforementioned *amenities*. What a difference it makes to shop in a grocery store where everybody is in a good mood and likes their job!
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#13
Quote:The supermarkets are the last industry to still pay a "living wage". The unions are still strong there. People do not know their history and have forgotten why unions were formed in the first place.

lf l could get my grandfather online, he could tell you tales of those wild dangerous days in the 20's, 30's, and 40's when the Union folks had actual physical battles with hired thugs The Companies™ would send in to enforce on them.


We have old photos of him from back in those days going to work with a pistol and a long knife or sometimes a tomahawk in his belt. The only thing worse than appalachian rednecks asserting themselves was uppity blacks or indians demanding equal pay and treatment.

lt was dangerous back then. People fought and died over it.

Folks today forget that.
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#14
I realize it is due to the union (my cousin works for Giant Food)... just a store asst manager or something. I would love to get into a film or video production union out here...

In DC one of my clients did PR exclusively for Unions - granted there is a lot of funny stuff going on with the upper layers of a lot of unions waste and payola etc (so went the gossip). At least people do seem to make a survival wage.

I loved that John Sayles film Matewan. it was Sayles wasn't it ...?

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#15
You think this is weird? Go check out a David Lynch film sometime!!!! hehe. I used to work on commission, selling PC and related equipment. The bottom fell outta that market 10 years ago. Best of luck to you. Starryeyes: Ive got a rather interesting personal tale relating to Matewan. Sometime in 1985 or 1986, I was 'Hired' to drive someone to Matewan from Columbus. It wasnt until I got to the passengers mothers house that I learned that she had a well known brain imbalance aka schizophrenia. as did her brother. The passenger had not taken her meds, and the effects were starting to show upon entry to her mothers house. At approximately 1:30 am, I did a covert early exit from 'MOMS' and got back into Columbus around 7:30 am. Definetely a WEIRD experience for me, not only from the condition of the passenger, but the overall FEEL of that little town. EERRIE!!!!!!!
'I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space...' Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
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#16
GRR* - have you ever been to Hancock MD?
That is a weird one (never been to Matewan myself - but if it is anything like Hancock - yikes)

A friend and I ran across a creepy satanic looking tableau not too far off a path when we were passing through with my dogs.... it involved a decapitated deer and with it's head presented on a stick, the remains of one big fire and several little ones (fire remains) in a semi circle from that -- CREEPY! I just wanted to get out of there but my friend who is an addicted shutter-bug had to shoot a grizzly role of film....

There are some serious rich looking houses in that area too.... I have been trying to learn more about that place ever since. There is a big biker scene that I am aware of and I think there was some mention of it when that girl (can't remember her name) went missing that worked for the congressman or senator from california - what was her name (damn I cannot remember anyone's name!) -- there was speculation that she might have come across some info on the Oklahoma bombing... tim McVie... they think they found her remains finally in Rock Creek Park...
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I am glad you were able to make your exit from that scene there in Matewan...
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#17
Quote:A California congressman has told D.C. police the missing intern they are looking for had visited his apartment, it was reported last night.
Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.) acknowledged Chandra Levy, 24, spent time at his condo in the leafy Woodley Park neighborhood, according to the NBC affiliate in Washington.
Condit, 53, who is married with two children, told cops he and Levy were friends — and then "refused to elaborate," News4 quoted police sources as saying.

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3b0393ee3134.htm
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#18
That's them!

thanks India

my memory sure is shot re names these days.
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#19
Thanks SE. Cant say i have been there. But I can tell you another bad vibe town Ive been to. They call it Zanesville. You know the author Zane Grey? They named this town after him, here in Ohio. One place I need to go to is Wapakaneta Ohio. YOu know, where Neil Armstrong was raised. Neil Armstrong, hes a GOOD down to earth, unassuming human being, and Im glad he was the first on the Moon. Gotta balance out the bad vibes with the good ones. Cheers. GRR8
'I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space...' Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
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#20
Wahya, my grandfather worked at a machine manufacturing plant for years (after also working at a slaughtering house for cattle). He worked from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and during the depression was lucky enough to keep working, only he had to commute to St. Paul (his old plant was in Minneapolis, and yes, even though these cities are right next to each other, they still sprawled large enough to make commuting a nightmare.

He lead the unionization of his manufacturing plant (Minneapolis Moline) and risked life and limb to get that formed. They fought for safer working environments (because you literally could lose fingers, hands, limbs, during the manufacturing process) and worked very long hours. Their wages were low, but better than they were before they got unionized.

I think eventually the company turned into American Harvester.

He was a heavy drinker, and a cold SOB and tougher than shit, but I'm proud to have that metel in my heritage.

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boilermakers for the old man! (if he ever knew that I could drink 'em like he did, he'd turn in his grave!)
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#21
Hiya GRR8

Pennywise

(Wyz was introduced to this timeline in Columbus, OH in 1955, for some reason).

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Disclaimer: The Timelines have changed. Yes, again, the sun is supposed to be yellow, not white.

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#22
so how's this upcoming last week feeling to everyone? Schizoactive or what? Shit so weird you just have to stand back and watch it, try not to gol (giggle out loud) as THAT only instigates the hostility? GoL
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#23
We as a nation should stop paying taxes! However, it's all or nothing...the Ameriqaeda IRS would gulp down individual tax protestors...but how could it handle 300 million at once?
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#24
Whaddya mean "the first week of July''? Whole damn month was lousy and August looks to be worse.
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#25
Quote:Whaddya mean "the first week of July''? Whole damn month was lousy and August looks to be worse.
:scream:

l'll take the last 16 years for $500 Alex. <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/pennywise.gif" alt="Pennywise" title="pennywise" />
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#26
hmmm 16 years ago was 1990...I'm remembering this very weird month of August in about '92...that was particularly memorably WEIRD one.

Actually if you want to split hairs, it's been weird my entire life according to me.

Only a couple of years scattered throughout 3/4 decades in my time line that WEREN'T weird.

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