We Come Bearing Drought and Unemployment

Last night, B and I were waxing reminiscent about our last nine years, as we do, and we ended up reflecting on the state of things in the states we've lived in. California's unemployment is over 10% and climbing and SC is going to be rocking out water restrictions this summer because it's rained, like, twice all "winter."

Of course, back in Oregon, it was the same story. After the dot-com bubble and 9/11 the tech-based economy of Portland had a stroke and never really recovered. Likewise, of the last eight years I lived there, we had a "normal" rain year once (I remember people marveling over how much it rained...I was like "IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO THIS.")

The logical conclusion? If B and I move to your state, get ready to get thirsty and get broke.

On a happier note, I wanted to draw your attention to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, a band that somehow makes being incredibly derivative of pretty 80s guitar pop sound completely fresh and great:

That's "Young Adult Friction," a song about getting it on in a library. They also have a song called "Tenure Itch" about nailing your students. Despite my general disdain for puns, I am all the way down with songs about hot academic lovin'. (Also, note that the female vocalist sounds great on the CD, even though she doesn't sound great in the above recording.)


Rachel said...

you need to check out White Lies - Farewell to the Fairground is my fave, but To Lose My Life is probably the catchiest, most perfect example of 80's derived pop I've heard in ... umm, ever. :)

Dolce Vita said...

I am so relieved to discovery that all this was just you and B. (I thought it could even be me. Washington, Oregon, and, now, California. Whew!) So where did you say you're moving next?