A reader writes:
I’ve been missing your Tales from your Recession posts with all your recent coverage on the Iranian elections.
Close to where I work in Silicon Valley, over 400,000 square feet of premium office space lies empty which was previously occupied by Netscape. The buildings and landscaping are well maintained, but I wonder when that immense emptiness will ever be occupied. Silicon Valley prides itself on its creative destruction, but with so much space built during the boom years, there are a lot of areas here that look like the zombie apocalypse.
We moved yesterday. One of the movers was a 58 year-old guy, obviously college-educated and white-collar. He told me he lost his job at a bank. Now he's not even a regular employee with the moving company; he's a day laborer who picks up work for several moving companies whenever he can. He was in excellent shape for a guy almost sixty, but I could tell that some of the lifting was really hard on him. Man. Almost sixty, and he's carrying king-sized beds up and down flights of stairs to get enough money to eat. Obviously, I tipped the hell out of him and the other guys.
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