Monday, November 23, 2009


Enjoyed the hospitality and bandwidth of a Panera on Six Forks Road in North Raleigh today, a corporatist no-man's land that I had visited once before in 2003. Today I was astonished by the number of people who came in and had cheesy bowls of soup at 10:45 in the morning. The place was veritably hopping with people both with laptops and without.

If this is any indicator of the fiscal mood of the nation, it's good. Much casual dining, and before noon, when, as I'm always telling my daughter, one could get busted for having lunch.

1 comment:

Mark said...

An alternate explanation, old friend, could be that cheesy soups before noon actually might be the symptom of a growing disease that began apropo your last post, during the supersizing of America. These good folk might not be aware of those "other forces" beneath the surface all along: China, Brazil, obesity and the metabolic syndrome ...