Lately I’ve noticed people describing our current economic situation as “negative growth.” We used to call the same thing “contraction.” As in… there’s less now than before. But culturally we can’t seem to wrap our minds around anything other than more. So we still have growth! It’s just negative at the moment. I took these … Continue reading A Receding Tide
San Francisco is toying with a soft reopening from quarantine. It’s a tricky business. There’s a real risk of a Covid-19 boomerang as other cities and rural areas are beginning to exhibit. But people simply can’t be made to stay at home forever. Immediate friends and neighbors like mine are taking baby steps by selectively … Continue reading Quarantini
I have an old friend back east who applied for CARES Act emergency relief funds for his small business and he received a $30,000 check. Millions of people are currently getting monthly stipends from the government to offset lost wages caused by Covid-19 closures. Numerous industries have been granted enormous sums of money to keep … Continue reading Pyrrhic Victory
In order to avoid becoming any fatter than I already am during the Big Cooties I take long walks. My usual trek is a few miles and I take different routes to keep it interesting. With mask on and sanitizing gel at hand I’m enjoying my city along with a lot of other people. If … Continue reading Curfew
For many observers Covid-19 has vindicating the view that cities are unhealthy doomed places. Dense urban centers, they insist, will be abandoned for sensible suburban and rural alternatives. Downtown office towers have already depopulated as companies switch – permanently – to telecommuting. Restaurants, bars, hotels, and public accommodations of all kinds will continue to founder … Continue reading What if You’re Right?
“The Word of the Day today children is Contango. Everyone take out your worksheets and your Number 2 pencils.” People of a certain age will remember those instructions from grammar school. Those same people will no doubt also remember the oil shocks of the 1970s. What does it mean when the options price of a … Continue reading Contango
¿Plomo o plata? Lead or silver? Your money or your life? That’s what the world is mulling these days. Do we preserve our health and trash the global economy? Or do we trash our collective health to preserve our finances? I know, I know. It’s a false narrative. The dead are a tiny sliver of … Continue reading ¿Plomo o Plata?
I just listened to a YouTube conversation where Jack Spirko and Curtis Stone discussed the “lock down” and “martial law” that’s been imposed on San Francisco in response to the Covid-19 situation. (Translation: jackbooted Socialist thugs have bludgeoned all the sheeple into submission robbing them of their personal liberty.) See photos above of my neighborhood … Continue reading The Bogeyman
Yesterday a friend reached out to me. She asked my advice about how to deal with her landlady over a broken bathroom sink. Something snapped and water sprayed out everywhere. Someone was sent by to look at it, turned off the faulty tap, and said they’d be back in a few weeks to fix it. … Continue reading Side Effects of Side Effects of Side Effects
Some months ago a friend reached out to me about a problem. She and her siblings were scattered far from their elderly parents and there was some family business that needed to be managed here in San Francisco. She asked if I could help and a cautionary tale unfolded. Partly it was about her family. … Continue reading Skinning Your Knee vs. Breaking Your Leg