I don't shop a lot, but jeez..... did I miss a memo or something?
I would like to know if I accidentally tripped a switch on my way out of town last June. I figure that can be the only explanation for the complete change that has occurred in my little corner of the planet since then. It's either that or, as I have suspected for some time, the local economy is directly tied to my wallet.
I have lived in the same place for 16 years, shopped at the same stores, driven the same route to work. When I came back, I discovered that the grocery store I most frequently use is closed; the store where I buy all of my clothes is also closed; the 2 main routes I use to get into town are all but closed due to construction; the alternate grocery store which only opened a year ago not only closed but then re-opened as an all-chinese grocery store which smells like a giant fish market and doesn't have English signs so I can't shop there; several of the restaurants I usually use are closed; even the Dairy Queen is closed!