Better Living Through Punk

Should current trends continue—although “trends” seems too grand a word for what amount to quotidian, repetitive habits and chores—my husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary next spring.

At least, that’s what I’d been telling myself, and him, until I actually Googled “the year Frank Sinatra died” and realized we’d actually met in 1998.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Happy anniversary!
    I just wonder how the comments section over there is going to blame the international Zionist conspiracy for her twenty-year-long happy marriage?

    • Never underestimate them!

    • I haven’t even peeked at them this week. Probably the Milton Friedman mention will set them off.

  • Alain

    Happy anniversary to you both. April 4 will be our 40th wedding anniversary and you are half way there.

  • simus1

    What a great read!

    In the first half of the 20th century Canada had the beginnings of an American style mass production economy with Fordism as its bedrock. In a nutshell, Fordism to use a simple example, was bias ply auto tires. They were a made in huge numbers at many companies in a fairly nasty environment by strong, unskilled men earning relatively good money. The tires were usually in need of replacement sometime after 20k miles. But in those days when there were few quality highways to really put on the miles.
    The more expensive radial tire became popular and dominant for various reasons. It also saved on gas and took a long time to wear out so the tire replacement market cratered, Hundreds of makers and thousands of auto tire companies closed

    • Thanks! Yes, that is just the thing: When govt “bets” on Industry X, then Industry Y and Z are in jeopardy AND we are playing God. What if the State had favored IBM to the point where there would never be an Apple, etc? Obviously we’ve never had 100% fairness and non-interference BUT I want less not more. Look at ethanol and similar b.s.

  • Brenda

    I wonder if we’re harping too much on the plight of the disenfranchised factory worker. Wasn’t one of Trump’s great insights that three quarters of STEM graduates can’t find work in their chosen field? Globalization, immigration, free trade, whatever, is creeping up the socio-economic scale to the point where everyone will be treated like a peon, no matter how skilled and educated they are.

  • Minicapt