So I went downtown yesterday.
The strength of the American consumer is supposedly what drives this economy. If the crowds at the Apple Store on Powell were any indication, the American consumer remains quite strong. I mean, I totally saw the American consumer bench like 13 MacBooks. It was sweet. And the American consumer looked confident, too. I bet the consumer I saw yesterday would have no doubts about approaching the hottest hottie in the club.
The rhetorical strategy (locution? metaphor?) that politicians and the press have decided to beat to death during the current crisis is the making of comparisons between “Wall Street” and “Main Street.”
Says Pelosi, “We must insulate Main Street from Wall Street and keep people in their homes.”
Says Obama, “We have to make sure that whatever plan our government comes up with works not just for Wall Street, but for Main Street.”
Says Ron Paul, “This is Wall Street in big trouble and sucking in Main Street, now, and dumping all the bills on Main Street.”
Hopefully they’ll figure out how to mix up their language a bit before this one gets as grating as “blood and treasure” did during the Surge debate. And is “Main Street” really the appropriate contrast to Wall Street at this point? Aren’t most Americans pretty disconnected from the classical Main Street of soda fountains and general stores? We need something that recognizes the greater influence of the suburbs. Something like, “Wall Street vs. Red Cedar Lane.”
Anyway, I was in the Apple Store because I wanted to acquire a new armband-capable case for my iPod. The one that fell apart last week is the second one to die. And it turned out, that despite two large walls of cases for portable Apple devices, plus a stockroom full of surely a fair number more, they did not have a case that would suit my needs. You see, I have an older iPod. It was purchased all the way back in January of 2007.
So I bought a 1 GB Shuffle, which is only cost about $15 more than a armband-capable case would have anyway. Hopefully it will last longer than my last Shuffle, which quit connecting to the laptop about two months after purchase. I brought it into the Genius Bar and was told that nothing could be done for it, given that the docking plug looked like it had been corroded due to moisture. Apparently taking your Shuffle out in the rain is not recommended.