We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"It still feels like a recession," Jay Feldman, economist at Credit Suisse, wrote in a note. He pointed out that private jobs are still down 0.3% compared with 13 months ago, when the economy started to grow again. By contrast, private jobs were up by 3.5% on average in the job market recoveries of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
I visited my dentist this afternoon, and he admitted to me that business was terrible. People are putting everything off.
I wasn't surprised by that, but he told me something interesting: the dentists are offering Botox, lip plumping, and wrinkle injections now (Juvaderm, collagen, etc). He said they take a several-day course on weekends, take an exam, get a certificate, then have their receptionist ask "Would you like to consider some of our new services?"
"You can get a brand new smile."
He told me they do it for half of what the dermatologists charge around here for the same thing (the latter of which is around $1000 for a basic Botox routine).
Yes, "It still feels like a recession."
The only thing about this lengthy recession ( an ongoing recession for which, at this point, I blame federal government policies and plans) which brings a smile is the significant deflation in the price of good hand-made cigars.
Our office is so busy with stressed out people grinding their teeth so much they need root canals and crowns. We've been making so many night guards we all know somethings up. Also not one day goes by someone is not complaining about this president. My dr and most in the office are conservatives and we hear it all day long from our pts, they are mad. As for the botox most reputable dentists would not touch it with a high speed drill :) Can you imagine how high our insurance would be?! I think the hmo type crooked offices do this crap. They also gauge you 12,000 dollars for a set of dentures which they should be arrested. Don't fall for this stuff and if they have a computer on the dental chairs to sign your life away, RUN!
My law firm partnership has discussed having bake sales in the building lobby to raise money to keep the doors open and to provide at least minimum wage compensation to the partners, but I think you've really hit on something.
I think being able to offer botox while at the same time preparing an amendment to someone's testamentary trust is a wonderful idea. It takes some of the edge off of having to contemplate your future in the hereafter.
The "new smile in a day" businesses aren't those that rely on medical dentistry to stay afloat. Those are more like spa dentistry and appeal to cash-pay only. My husband works in a real dentist office and they aren't hurting at all. They are working 5 hygenists in an effort to keep up with the before-school slam.
My significant other has a lawyer neighbor who is a senior partner in his firm. They have not been drawing salaries for months now in an effort to keep the doors open and the staff paid. That is in California.