I’ll Gladly Pay You Tuesday for a Hamburger Today…

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As Oil Peaks, supply chains stretch and the New Economy fails, there are going to be some major changes in the life of Average Americans.

The future is wide open as far as ‘how bad’ it’s going to get. There are many possible dystopic futures: Mad Max, 1984, A Brave New World, Harrison Bergeron, to name a few, but let’s not focus on the doom and gloom, let’s take a look at the opportunity for community, friendship and cooperation – there is no law that says the bad guys are going to win.

Let’s take a look at a possible future that I don’t think is on many people’s radar.

I’ll Gladly Pay You Tuesday for a Hamburger Today

I’ll Gladly Pay You Tuesday for a Hamburger Today.

J. Wellington Wimpy

Who’s going to do that for you in the future?

Are we going to walk in to Wal-Mart and say,”I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for some Mac & Cheese today.”

I’m really not trying to be funny.

I’ll tell you, though, I bet you I could walk into Zain’s Party Store in Courtland Township, MI and get that kind of treatment.

How about getting a meal in exchange for some kind of work for the restaurant?

“Hey, Mr. Applebees manager… I’ll Gladly put an oil change on your car for a couple decent meals.”

Again, not trying to be funny, but I bet you I could get that kind of treatment from the owner/manager of Rosie’s Diner, a local restaurant in Cedar Springs, MI.

Corporation as Endangered Species

As food and goods become unprofitable to ship from continent to continent, economies of scale cease to be viable, and markets fail, the corporation as staple of American community will cease to be.

We’ve already seen the contraction of that caffeinated juggernaut, Starbucks, and the failure of several large restaurant and retail operations, the implosion of mega malls, and the inklings of the wholesale collapse of the consumer economy.

Is it possible that the Corporation could become an endangered species?

There are many writers, often referred to as Doomers, by the Responsible Serious Adults, who believe that the coming collapse of the consumer economy will destroy the corporation as we know it. (JHK comes to mind.)

I’ve often wondered if that’s possible, probable, or likely?

Today I kind of came to the conclusion that it is probable, it might, in fact, be likely and that it won’t be that bad.

What does this mean?

I think that it means that those of us with good relationships with Mom and Pop are going to be sitting a lot better than those of us who consider ourselves tight with Wal-Mart and Applebees.

That’s good for me.

I’m currently doing some shows in Branson, MO, and have been a regular at some great local establishments here in town:

The Midnite Rose

Charlies Steak & Ribs

Danna’s BBQ

Tequila’s Bar & Grill

Habby’s Coffee

Not only do these places have good food and drink, but they have great personality.

I think it’s sad that people drive 500 miles to a crazy place like Branson, MO only to eat at the Olive Garden and Chili’s.

Local Business as Community

I’ve done my best to give my money to local businesses here in town, and have been rewarded handsomely for my efforts with friendship and understanding. I’ve also reaped the rewards of that friendship and understanding in far greater measure than the amount of dollars that I’ve given these fine establishments.

This has happened in a place a thousand miles from my home, where I am a traveling performer, a contract worker.

It made me think about my relationships at home and how valuable they are to me right now, and how priceless they will be in the future.

I think that the business people that I deal with on a daily basis will gladly wait ’til tuesday for me to pay for my hamburger today.

If the shit hits the fan, I think I’ll be OK, as I’m more than a customer in the places that I shop, I’m a member of a community.  


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    • RiaD on August 5, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    good thoughts…. much along the same lines as mine.

    thank you for taking the time to write them out & share w/me.


    East Asheville Hardware by David Wilcox

    An angel appeared

    in a holy vision

    Stood by my bedside

    in shivering light

    Spoke my name

    Told me my mission

    I could not believe I was hearing him right

    Because he said, ‘Go, my son, go…

    Always go to East Asheville Hardware

    Before you go to Lowe’s

    He said, “Go to East Asheville Hardware

    Before you go to Lowe’s

    You’ll help to keep them open

    I’m worried they might close

    From the stiff competition

    From the national conglomerate

    With the full page ad

    in the color section of the Sunday paper supplement

    and stacks of plastic swimming pools

    and seven brands of power tools

    and rows and rows of registers

    all having nice days

    But no, you go, he said to me with light around his face

    He said, You go first to that age-old place

    To that old wooden door

    that you have to close behind you

    To the wide-board wooden floor

    worn down soft

    To the real thing

    Good advice, quality at a fair price

    And know that they know how deep the frost goes here.

    Sure there’s stuff you’ll have to find at Paty’s, Lowe’s or Sears

    But go to East Asheville Hardware

    Go to East Asheville Hardware

    Before it disappears.

    • Edger on August 5, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    from the same small organic food store for about three years, and if I’m short and a payday is a few days away it’s no problem, they’ll run a tab for the groceries I need.

  1. reading this essay. But I am. Thanks for seeing the glass half full.

    • k9disc on August 5, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    There has been a big push by people to move out and leave to escape the crashing economy in my home state. They’re heading for Houston, Dallas, Atlanta – you know the ‘hot’ economies.

    I try to tell people they’re crazy.

    People make things in Michigan. I can get mechanical work done very cheap. I can get sheetrock hung for beer.

    One thing that I learned in my many homes (Detroit, St. Louis, Vegas, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Honolulu, Orlando, Dallas, Maryland – all from the time I was 18-26 years old) was that it’s all about who you know.

    The ‘hotter’ the economy, the less community that is there – it’s too transient, and it’s very difficult to lay roots and establish the kind of relationships that allow for barter, trade and trust.

    What would have cost me a case of beer and cost of parts cost me $1000 in Dallas.

    Michigan will be in a good position when the shit hits the fan, much better than Dallas.

  2. Imagine seeing the “Ginormous Megalo-Marts” imploding, collapsing under their own weight!  {sniff}  Why, it brings a happy tear to this fellow’s eyes.  :’-)

    A favorite book is all about the “Mom & Pop” places; “Blue Highways” by William Least Heat Moon.

    I’m blessed with TWO local restaurants that have multiple current calendars and all are from local businesses.  Idaho IS what America used to be.

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