- The U.S. trade deficit dropped 9.7% in January to the lowest level since October 2002. Less cheap plastic junk from China, less foreign oil!
- South Dakotans are bucking up and paying their bills: our credit card delinquency rate went down 1.3% in Q4 2008. (Unfortunately, the national rate went up 1.2%. Nationwide average credit card debt per borrower: $5729—what are you people thinking?!)
- Mrs. Madville Times and I only put $33 on the BP gas card last month.
- The four-day school week is catching on around the country. (That means fewer kids will miss school for the Mundt Debate Tournament!)
- Usually it takes genuine good news to make the markets go up; now all it takes is less bad news.
- Shorter work weeks mean more time to spend with family. If you can find a way to keep your benefits and get by on less pay, more time around the house can be good for everybody.
- Coping with a dip in our fiscal well-being (and realizing things just aren't that bad) could be good for our mental health.
- One thing we sold more of last Christmas: piggy banks. Save, save, save!
Dang—there's some early 80's recession rock that hasn't aged! Nuts to the economy—enjoy your weekend!