We were on a 2-week road trip visiting family, so my posts were a bit sporadic. Here are some things I noticed on our trip around the US (the Midwest, the South, and the Southwest). These are just my limited experiences, so nothing is scientific here.
There are fewer customers in slow food restaurants. More people are ordering water as their only drink at slow food restaurants. Fast food restaurants have a lot of business. I see families bringing their kids to McDonald’s for dessert or a sweet snack rather than a meal. Casual slow food restaurants are more popular than “fancy” restaurants.
There are still a lot of trucks on the roads, though it’s hard to say if there are as many as 3 years ago. I’m hearing about more families where the grown children move back home, even if they have a job. More people are sharing rides. People are spending less at charitable events, and charities are scrambling trying to meet expenses. People are starting side businesses hoping to expand them eventually.
More people are shopping at resale shops. More people are “dressing down” rather than “dressing up.” I see more non-leather purses than leather purses. I still see expensive purses, but more knock-off brands. I see a lot of boots and more sweaters with the cooler weather coming. I notice women wearing more basics they can wear all kinds of places. And I saw 2 women in 2 separate places wearing their pink housecoats/robes in their front yards! Let’s hope this is not a trend!
We’re back home in the cold after enjoying warmth on our trip everywhere we went: warmth from the weather and warmth from family. As Thanksgiving approaches we realize we have so much to be thankful for.