Yeah yeah yeah, the economy sucks, people are losing are their jobs, bluh bluh blah.
The ol adage, the booze biz is recession (and depression) proof? It's not true.
Forget the BS numbers that the Virginia Alcohol Beverage C0ntrol (VABC) throws at you. Oooohhhhh, so liquor sales are up 4.5 percent for 2008???? Oooohhhhh, that's freakin awesome. Did you mention that liquor prices and taxes are up for 2008 also? Did you mention that the ABC is the absolute, complete big dog money maker for Virginia?
I work on the front lines (at a popular bar) and before that, I worked for a liquor company. Bar sales are slightly down, for EVERY bar! Trust me, I know because tips are down and I hear it from most of the bartenders that I know (which is a lot). The restaurant industry is taking it on the chin just as hard as everyone else (except maybe Circuit City...man, those 30,000 people got shit-canned). Forget the studies and the trends because they don't tell the real story.
All this economy talk has gotten old. People became too complacent with the status quo. When was anyone promised a steady rate or an ever-flowing stream of money? For that matter, when was success in life promised at all?
I wish someone promised me prosperity at birth. That would've been nice. I empathize with the people that this "crisis" has hit the hardest, but I'm certainly not shitting out golden eggs at the moment either. For the time being I'm gonna keep busting my ass and hope for the best. What else can you do in life?
As always, I extremely oversimplify things. The booze is probably to blame.