I don't sit back and wait for the tv anchors to tell me if it's raining or sunny, I venture out in it! My friendship base crosses many economic/business lines from government contract work to fast food ownership, and all things in between. I talk to the people. They tell me things. They tell me the truth. When a million dollar food franchise owner has to go out and get a regular job to make ends meet, that's a bad sign of the times. When I have to fight like an alley cat with much bigger landscape operators to assemble a decent portfolio of contract work for 2009/2010...it's bad out there. It's good to know what's make believe (Obama & Bush) and what's real (the economy). I do everything I can to stay on top of things and never get swept under...that's why I do what I do.