Sure the DOW is down and the dollar is worth about as much as a roll of Charmin. But I won't be convinced that the economy is bad until I see the most important measure of consumer confidence hit the fan, namely the YARFNSH Industrial Average. This is the York Area Redneck Friday Night Steak House metrics to the economy, and it is derived from the number of yokels in my home town who pack area restaurants on a Friday night. As a rule, you can't get a table at one of our many chain restaurants without waiting on a Friday night, but at the steak joints it really kicks up a level. And it's not like we're talking about Red Lobster here either, because you pretty much need to sacrifice your first born to get in there on a Friday, what with it being our only chain sea food place, but more on that later.
When it comes to meat and potatoes places, we have, in no particular order, an Outback, Texas Roadhouse, Longhorn, Charlie Brown's, Hoss's, Embers, and a Logan's Roadhouse just to name the steak only joints. We practically have a "steak district" of our town, and yet somehow, they are always slammed on the weekend. It's not uncommon to wait more than a half hour at any of these places, not to mention Olive Garden, Chilies or any other place that has either named a Bowl Game or sponsored a blimp that flys over golf tournaments. And don't even get me started on the Woodstock like crowds that flock to the various "family feedbag" style buffet restaurants on the weekend. Sure they might feel like they're getting a deal because they can quite laterally eat into the place's profit margin, but they all still end up dropping more coin than if they shopped and ate at home.
But how can this be? Aren't we headed toward a recession? I simply won't believe it until I can walk into Outback on a Friday night and get a table without sitting for a half an hour next to some redneck mouth breather. Plus, since I travel a lot, I can attest that the same thing is going on all around. I'll be in Nashville and New York City next week, and I'm positive that I'll see more of the same. So rest assured, the Chinese aren't taking over quite yet... speaking of Chinese, there's always one of the 90,000 Chinese places to go to on a Friday night.