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Old 03-04-2009, 10:24 AM
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With the economy the way it is right now, I was just wonering how this has impacted everyone's social lives.
Do you still go out to dinner, concerts, bars, sporting events, etc...
I've been hearing that many people still continue their social routines, maybe on a scaled back basis, like "pre-gaming" before going to a concert or bar to save a few bucks, but with the dpressing and stressful times we are living in right now, people continue to do these things as an "escape" from the cold realities of life.
I have a friend in a wedding/corporate band and he says he thankfully hasn't noticed any drastic decline in business, they are still booked solid.
(It is his full-time job) I've cut back a bit myself recently because I was laid off for a few months, but I think I'll be back to my regular routines this summer.
I did attend a recent show at the Westbury Music Fair, I forget what it's called now, North Fork Capital One or something, but anyway, we "pre-gamed" and thankfully so because when we went to the bar at the venue it was a whopping $9 a beer! plain old Coors Lite. Yikes!

Thoughts?
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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I'm continuing to live my life the way I always have, I could get hit by a bus tomorrow. I haven't suffered any job loss due to the economy though.
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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I still have my job so I'm not spending less. I'd imagine that's true for others who haven't been let go. Some people are probably spending more now that gas is less than half of what it was last summer.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Little Babylon
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Still maintaining, though we will be using coupon from an upscale chop house this weekend. Getting a coupon from this place does say something about who has cut back.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Miller Place NY
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It's COUPON CITY !

Even for the...ahem...upscale eating places...who are smart, to put them out. It costs A LOT to open up !

ALL those others, they just don't get it. Anyone who acts like that, in an economy like this, deserve FAILURE AND CLOSURE !

It is funny to see those business, like say, the car wash, worrying about NOT GIVING UP, "nickels and dimes", and "contracting" on features of their deals.

Their, OBVIOUS, illegal alien work force, has to be working for very little...like we didn't notice that !

By "pinching" on their deals, to spite their face, it's like people HAVE NOT forgotten how to wash and shine their cars, right ?

OH well, some of them are going to be disappearing soon.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:30 PM
 
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^^ Amen. The restaraunts by me(Islip) are cutting each other's b*lls off over coupons. Actually friday pizza night has gotten cheaper with the coupons. Hey, Im not complaining.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:38 PM
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My main curiousity here is if, and this is hypothetical for the sake of argument,
let's say you use to go to "Joe Blow's" bar every Friday night and spend 50 or a hundred bucks, if you will still be going, and if you do, will you still be spending the same money, or to what degree will you be cutting back, if at all.

I know people that can barely keep the lights on, but their social life is their release, their way of getting through these tough times, at least mentally. I can somewhat understand, and I am somewhat guilty of this myself, but I know my limits, and I have definitely cut back drastically on "entertainment" money. Then again, I was out of work for a few months
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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My bills would be priority over play...especially if I was having a hard time keeping the lights on! Thats just economics 101.


But to answer your question...Yes Im still playing as hard as I work!
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Little Babylon
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One of my son's friends (12 years old) let slip that his dad has turned the heat down to the point where they are wearing jackets and hats in their 4000 sq ft home. Mean while outside the home they're still living large with the country club membership, vacations, etc. Matter of priorities I guess.
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