It’s fascinating to know that there are people who could be stuck in limbo for the longest time in the airport terminal. In the video after the break, a man refused to acknowledge his true identity. He took up a new identity as Sir Alfred. Instead of leaving the airport to go to a destination, he took up residence in France’s airport terminal for 18 years, surviving only on McDonald meals.
Although COVID-19 is still running rampant in the West, especially in the United States, I think when the dust is settling, everything will be amazing again. Why am I so positive like this even though we don’t even yet have a mass vaccination for the COVID-19 pandemic? Just let’s say I believe in the effects of human nature, and certain effects of human nature will never change even if the world is going to end tomorrow!
Right now, people are not going to movie theaters, eating out, shopping at luxurious malls, and whatnot, but believe me I think when COVID-19 is over — you can believe that people will do all of that and even more than they have had ever done in their entire life! I think the feelings of being pampered and served are so amazing that people want to feel something like that again! After all, they are being cooped up indoors for so long during the pandemic — once COVID-19 is gone — isn’t it obvious that there will be a revenge of massive consumerism on the service sector?
Currently, malls and other public physical consumerism/service spaces are not being favored by everyone for obvious reasons — DUH! — not getting infected by COVID-19… So, let me tell you why am I being Mr. Obvious(!) — well, let’s say it’s common sense folks! Let me ask you this, do you want to go out and having a fun dinner with your best friends in various delicious restaurants that you used to go out before COVID-19? I would! So, for me being optimistic about how things would return to normal or things would turn out to be even better than how things were before the whole COVID-19 thing is rather Mr. Obvious(!)…
One small problem though! I think my prediction could be a little off from the bulls-eye because of the negative effects of the COVID-19 aftermath. Although we’re not out of the wood yet and I still could imagine that the people — who are losing jobs due to the massive shutdown of various restaurants and other service businesses — may not be able to get back into the same job career that they had enjoyed before the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies that are being badly affected by COVID-19 may not be able to survive even if COVID-19 is going away. Many retail stores may have to file for bankruptcy! Survivable companies may have to employ more robots and automation to recuperate the costs that they lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, thus these companies may hire fewer human employees.
The negative effects of the COVID-19 aftermath could be so huge that it could push down the market prices for unfavorable real estate areas. For example, several real estate areas could see people walk away from their mortgage payments since they could not afford the mortgage payments any longer for not having to be able to find a new job. When the real estate sector turns negative — depending on how bad it could become — it could also affect the businesses in such neighborhoods. Local businesses could see a huge loss in revenues. It’s like a chain of effects or chain of reactions, and the negativities could multiply throughout the economy.
Nonetheless, I feel that the economy is a strange beast because it could contain both the negatives and the positives all at the same time. I could see a scenario of people will go hungry and yet some people go out and spend money like crazy to make up for the time that they were forced to be indoor for so long during the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps, we could see the unbalance of the income quality thus we could have huge inequality in income after the COVID-19 is going away. Some people will be able to do more and enjoy their life more during the COVID-19 aftermath, and other people will have to go hungry and become homeless. I just pray that everyone would be able to do better and feel better after this horrendous COVID-19 pandemic — but we all know praying might not be enough. Let’s hope I could be so wrong, and everything will be super-duper after the COVID-19 goes away.
I was visiting Cauble Park’s lake on December 15th of 2018 to play with Nikon Z6. Check out the video I made for this particular day right below. Enjoy!
Some supercars of today cost more than a couple cool million dollars to own, but how comfortable could you be in such cars when you got a Volvo 360c? Unfortunately, this is only a concept so far, I think! Nonetheless, I hope something like this could come sooner rather than later! After all, I hate driving between states and prefer playing video games, watching movies, and listening to music while on move. Often time I could find myself preferring to sleep than drive while on the move from one point to another point. At the moment, driving means seriously limiting yourself while on the move. Your eyes gotta be on the road 99.9% of the time to avoid any serious but avoidable accident so you could make to your destination safely! I think something like Volvo 360c could definitely allow me to avert my eyes away from the traffic and allow me to concentrate on something else that I could enjoy while on the go. Check out the video right after the break to see how cool a Volvo 360c could be!
I’d used Taxi one or twice in my life before the Uber revolution had come about. To say the very least, my experience with Taxi service wasn’t good since I got overcharged and whatnot. Nonetheless, recent news on people either got killed or had gotten into a violent skirmish when using Uber make Taxi service seems like an angel to me. What had gotten into people nowadays?
I fail to understand why people think it’s a good idea to let a stranger drives you around. We teach kids not to talk to strangers and here as the adults, we let strangers drive us around. When the kids actually avoid strangers, they actually make more sense than the adults. Do you think everyone is an angel or something?
I think public driving service like Uber needs to force Uber drivers to install cameras everywhere in their car to help the authorities figure out what may cause harm to both the passengers and the driver. You never know another ugly incident would occur and the result could be another death of somebody you may know.
Yahoo’s headline “Trump signals he’s open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program” suggests that Trump is exploring the idea of having to tax people for driving to work. I don’t think this is a good idea at all. I know people who are going to work one hour away from home because their circumstances don’t allow them to work any closer to home. The moral of having to tax a poor person to try to get to work is so weird and not making any sense in any way at all in my opinion.
In my opinion, the gas tax is already a transportation tax because the more people drive the more tax they have to pay since they have to pump more gas. Adding a mileage tax on to the top of the gas tax is like double taxing an individual. What’s worse the mileage tax will make a poor person pay even more than they could afford for just going to work.
Luckily, the gas prices aren’t so high at the moment and so the gas tax isn’t a problem. I remembered sometimes back in my area people were panic when gas prices jumped near $5 if my memory serves me right. If the gas prices are going to jump back to $4 or $5, how are people going to fare with mileage tax and gas tax at the same time?
In my opinion, I don’t think mileage tax will help spur the economy in any way, and this will make the economy poorer in the long term. I don’t think you have to use any imagination to guess that if people fear of driving far to get anything or to have any fun, how would this spur the economy overall? Malls may stay even emptier and local tourism may feel the strain.
Unreasonable mileage tax will drive the economy poorer. It would make poor people who have to drive far to get to work poorer. It would also put poor people in a position of finding less productive jobs that are closer to their living space, thus it would reduce their spending power in general. Basically, I don’t think it’s a good idea at all!