The View From Your Recession

A reader writes:

While running a work errand that I hate doing, I saw a line of 60+ people lined up around the block in Los Angeles on Ventura Blvd in the middle of the day. I also saw a TV camera and a photographer. LA being LA, I figured it was a line of people auditioning for a reality show of some kind. Turns out everyone was waiting for the opportunity to apply for a server position at a local chain restaurant. As much as I hated the errand I was on, and the job I have, I valued it a lot more at that moment.