So how is your local economy? Ours just went to pot this week! This week two of our largest local employers slashed jobs. One, a garage door factory terminated 1/6 of its work force, or 100 jobs. Then while getting my morning coffee today my friend and I were chatting and he got a call on his cell. His wife called to get a ride home as she and most of her workmates were terminated today, no word on how many people but, it will be as high as several hundred jobs. All of these jobs were in the financial sector. I have been watching the Dow Jones Industrials closely but I feel they are not a real measure of what is happening on the ground. Recently the DIJA have been up but, things around here are getting worse with a quickness. If things get much worse around here we will have a small scale SHTF scenario with all the unemployed. I can see theft and other such crimes going up. Maybe not immediately but after unemployment benefits are gone then what? People will do what they have to do to survive. I have seen a lot more homeless people on the street and it used to be that only old jalopies were in the parking lot of the Aldi grocery store. Now it is not uncommon to see well dressed people driving nice newer cars at Aldi. Pawn shops are full to the brim, people are trying to sell anything they can. The other day while looking at guns I saw a guy with a huge assortment of electronics trying to sell anything he could. Normally I would have guessed this guy stole this stuff but, again well dressed, nice SUV, not likely stolen. Batten down the hatches this storm is going to get worse. At least from where I am sitting and in light of our local economy.