- Nov 22, 2003
- Flushing, NY
Me too!Meanwhile the song "I've been working on the rail road, all the live long day" is stuck in my head.
Ask anyone who lived through WWII or the Great Depression how things were. My mother was only 6 when WWII ended but she used to tell me stories of how they saved chewing gum because rubber went to the war effort. Along with a lot of other things that were either rationed, or simply not available at all.Fact is we've had it so good for so long we freak out as a society at the slightest hickup in the supply chain in America. I remember as a lad store shelves having empty spots was the norm at certain times.
In my lifetime I recall wearing coats in school because the heat was off. I think the reasons were twofold. One, the energy crisis. Two, NYC nearly went bankrupt in the early 1970s, so they just couldn't afford things like heat for the schools. There were perpetual shortages of school supplies as well, things like paper, chalk, etc.
I'm fine if certain things are in short supply, or just priced beyond what I'm willing to pay. Bacon has gone way up, but I can live without it.