Even if one doesn't follow the news it is very obvious that things are getting tough. Fuel prices, gas and diesel, seem to be up on average of 3 cents per DAY in this area, regardless of whether the crude market is up or down....not good. Last trip Mrs S and I took to the market we noticed huge price increases again on staple items in just a two week period with milk going up 30 cents in just two weeks alone. We have more and more people coming into my work place begging for work, more than I have ever seen. Just curious at to how are things in your neck of the woods? Even the "blindest" folks are starting to wake up a little I think. Looks like a rough year ahead, very rough.