Posted by: classyjacksonville | April 15, 2009

The Recession Strikes Classy Jacksonville

While many portions of this country have been struck pretty hard by our nation’s recent economic downturn, including the author’s own home town, Jacksonville has for the most part been fairly immune. When most of your town’s inhabitants will continue to receive a steady income, never having to fear being laid off or fired, a recession’s effects will be felt a lot less. And since most of those inhabitants will be young men with disposable incomes, you can be sure that the chain restaurants and clubs will continue to remain full here.

But since this recession is a global phenomonon that has effected everyone, from the factory workers in Michigan to the day trader on Wall Street, Jacksonville could not remain completely isolated from it. There has been much anecdotal evidence that I have been witness to that suggests that many more marines are reenlisting because of worries about the job market and their ability to get employment with comparable income and benefits in the civilian market. And I myself have been told to think about reenlisting because I will be completely unable to get a job out in the real world (this is false, I think the shell station would let me pump gas again). Of course, this argument had no effect on me, the only way they’ll convince me to reenlist is if they give me a femme fatale handcuffed to a briefcase full of one million dollars cash (I get to keep both the girl and the money).

But how I knew the recession had really hit Classy Jacksonville was when I was in my local neighborhood exchange yesterday to purchase my weekly ration of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Since I have arrived at Camp Lejeune, and possibly since the Carter administration, a twelve pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer has been $5.85. So when I grabbed the case out of the cooler and walked to the register and got it scanned, I was appalled to find out that the price had been increased to $7.08. This is class warfare at its most awful and insidious! How am I, the working man, going to get through the recession if they arbitrarily raise the price of beer like this? Especially such a steep markup that has come out of nowhere? This is a travesty and it was at this moment I realized that none of us are immune from the churnings of macroeconomics, as the poet said, no man is an island entire to himself. And especially not Classy Jacksonville.



  1. Shell will let you pump gas? Wait… you said “again.” Have you moonlit in the Corps? Or they have Shells in Germany? Either way, I happen to have family in Oregon (not to mention you and Wolf). I know all about…. oh never mind- I just realized the nonsense of my post.

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