Desperate Americans Begin To Turn Houses in To Restaurants

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ZtwG9DVvs]YouTube - Desperate Americans Begin To Turn Houses in To Restaurants[/ame]

    Welcome to the Greater Depression

    As the unemployed and jobless become desperate in California many begin turning their homes into income generators. One house in particular caught my eye recently by turning their living room into a restaurant. In a sign that America is slowly becoming more like a third world country houses become weekend stores, restaurants, Medical Marijuana Collectives, day care centers and beyond. The street is telling the story of the unfolding economic collapse better than any article I can read. Unemployment and Food stamps and Welfare seem to be the lynch pins in our society on the west coast. Once government runs out fund to support these entitlements, I fear for my children's future.
     
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    Glen Beck moveover!
    Here is a guy using anecdotal examples to "prove" the nation is falling to pieces even more ludicrous than you!
     
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    There was a place in Lubbock, TX several years ago that started out as a garage back in the late 50's. While the owner worked on cars, his wife made brisket sandwiches for the customers as they waited for the work to be done. The garage went out of business with the advent of the big corporation gas companies, but the customers kept coming back for the brisket sandwiches. So the owner and his wife went into the restaurant business, which thrived for well over 30 years (don't know if it's still there). They never got rid of the garage and simply converted it into a restaurant by bringing in benches but keeping all the other garage stuff in there. Back then, it was a matter of practicality. However, when I went in there, it gave it the right atmosphere. You sat on wooden picnic benches and could see the old Sunoco advertisements, old fashioned oil cans, fan belts, tools, etc. hanging on the walls. At the front of the restaurant were two old style gas pumps (the ones with the bubble tops). The only modification appeared to be a room that was added to the garage in order to seat more customers.

    Here's the clincher: open only for lunch, and the only advertisement was word-of-mouth.

    Funny how what's a simple matter of innovation is interpreted as desperation.
     
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    I guess it isn't there any more ?
    Your masters probably shut it down due to it not having handicap access, health dept. permits, fire extinguishers and business permits/zoning/taxes/IRS filings etc...etc...
    Gawd blass murka !
    The land of FreeDumb !:cuckoo:
     
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    Want to hear desperation? A friend flew to Texas hoping he would land a job in the oil industry. Going on just a promise from someone he trusted, he emptied his bank account to fly out there thinking he would be hired because of his experience on the AK pipeline only to find out there was a waiting list a mile long. He had to call his parents to bus him back. His family is now living with her parents and still he has no job.

    Yes I would call that desperation. And alot of Americans are feeling it because of promises and failure of the current admin and congress.
     
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    Or some hack from the health dept like the one that closed down a 11 year old girl lemonade stand.
     
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    Way back in the Depression hit 1930s, a certain Walter Knott, in order to feed his family bought some land, and grew some berries (boysenberries to be precise)... his wife then started making the berries into jams... then they opened a restaurant in their home.

    Today, that business is Knotts Berry Farm in California. It is a favorite childhood memory for many of my fellow Californians. Desperate times breeds entrepreneurship and creativity. Americans are at their best when times are hard.
     
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    Absolutely! I grew up in So Cal and we went to Knotts many times just for the Chicken Dinners! It was always worth the wait.

    My grandfathers house in San Gabriel had the attached garage converted to a storefront way back in the 30's. I guess we're headed back in that direction.
     
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    The wingnut fetish for suffering. Let's make America more like it was during the Depression so we can all have more FUN!!!!
     

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