March 6, 2009

The Weeklies #76

The Weekly Strangest Pickup Line. Hey, do you park here monthly? This was uttered to me in the elevator of a parking garage. But a man. And old man. I did not get the impression he was interesting in the frequency of my parking.

The Weekly Time Waster. I give you Assembler. You can thank me later.

The Weekly Music. Robyn Hitchcock is, perhaps, one of rock music's most eccentric characters. He's also one of the most brilliant. With odd voice and surreal lyrics, he's been making music in one form or another for decades. His latest - Goodnight Oslo - is his second project with The Venus Three (who happen to be three-fourths of REM). It is also one of the best albums he's ever recorded. Slightly less weird than his previous body of work, Goodnight Oslo is easy to love. It's one of those albums that will make you smile and tap your foot. There aren't nearly enough of those.

The Weekly Book Most Open To Interpretation. I didn't realize that I'd be sparking controversy with my interpretation of The Giving Tree in yesterday's post. Seems there are two schools of thought on that book. I choose to believe the more innocent version.

The Weekly Surprising Music Revelation. I kinda like the new Kelly Clarkson single. Shut up.

The Weekly Schadenfreude. Latreasa Goodman is a bit of an asshat. After purchasing an order of chicken McNuggets at her local McDonald's, Latreasa was informed that they were out of said McNuggets. So, she called 911. Three times. Where is Darwinism when you need it?

The Weekly Shittiest Life Decision. The rumor is that Rhianna and Chris Brown got hitched. Let's hope its not true.

The Weekly Not Quite Hypothetical. This question has been rattling around my brain for the last month. It's not exciting or terribly thought-provoking but here it is. What industries are the most recession-proof?

Posted by Chris at March 6, 2009 6:59 AM
Comments

I'm not just saying this because I plan on going into the field, but how about mental health? Surely with all this nonsense going on, people are going to start losing it a little.

And by the way, I was with you until Kelly Clarkson. :(

Posted by: Stephanie at March 6, 2009 7:39 AM

I'm going to say medicine and firefighting are bound to be sticking around for a few more years. They are essentials.

Posted by: Holly Reynolds at March 6, 2009 7:57 AM

I think higher education tends to be mostly recession proof. Many people choose to further their education and work on advanced degrees when the job market is in the tank.

Posted by: melissa at March 6, 2009 8:29 AM

My first thought was health care. There's always going to be a need for health care workers.

Posted by: Fraulein N at March 6, 2009 8:56 AM

Honestly, dollar stores. People still need to shop, but when times are tight, they go for the best bargains around.

Posted by: J at March 6, 2009 9:06 AM

You'd think education would be recession proof, but it's not necessarily the case for state-supported education. I work for the Virginia community college system and we've had to make big budget cuts and there have been layoffs (myself included -- though I was lucky enough to find a job in a sister institution quickly). Even Virginia Tech had to make significant cuts. Enrollment is definitely going up, but the money from the state just isn't there.

Posted by: jaime at March 6, 2009 9:08 AM

Okay everyone is going to say healthcare, but you know, people will just suck it up and not go when they probably should.
So I will say farmer, or baker. Milk and bread may be expensive in our future the way they were during the "great depression", but people still bought them and ate them.

The Weekly Schadenfreude: should go to the Octomom, yet again, after the tapes of her 911 call were released where she threatened to kill herself because she had misplaced one of her kids.

Posted by: Maribeth at March 6, 2009 9:11 AM

Recession proof fields : I'm going to to say engineering. Specifically nuclear and power delivery services (wind farms are huge right now people!). I work in that field and business is booming.

Posted by: varinia at March 6, 2009 9:39 AM

Health care. Every day of my life I wish I'd gone to nursing school.

I wouldn't mind owning a crematorium, either.

Posted by: Elise at March 6, 2009 9:53 AM

Food manufacturers who supply McDonald's stores are very recession-proof.

Posted by: Pat Moody at March 6, 2009 9:54 AM

Food manufacturers who supply McDonald's stores are very recession-proof.

Posted by: Pat Moody at March 6, 2009 9:54 AM

how did i miss the giving tree discussion?!? how?
the only book i loathe more than this one is Something From Nothing. yeesh.

Posted by: ali at March 6, 2009 9:55 AM

I got one for you that you probably hadn't considered: the security industry. Yeah, like security guards.

That's the industry I work for (as a writer, not as a security guard) and let me tell you why it's recession-proof: Even if a company files Chapter 11, their insurance still requires that they provide security at their locations. In fact, a company that's laying people off needs it more than ever. So yeah, we're hanging in there.

Posted by: kalisa at March 6, 2009 9:59 AM

Consider yourself and that damn Assembler warned! I flew through the first few levels, patting myself on the back at my hidden physic ability - who knew? Yea, the damn barrels are going to be the end of me. Even my husband got frustrated and walked away. UGH! :)

Posted by: TUWABVB at March 6, 2009 10:44 AM

The assembler - you are evil!!!! May Kelly Clarkson tunes live in your head all weekend!

Posted by: LaineyDid at March 6, 2009 10:52 AM

I will NOT click on that time waster link. I will not. I will not.

I am still mad at you for Bubble Spinner. ;-)

Posted by: cyndy at March 6, 2009 10:56 AM

My dad was in the meat production field his whole career and even through all the ups and downs of the market of the last 35 years, they've never had problems. In fact - his stock was sky high a couple of weeks ago. People need to eat. And I'm in health care and all of you who think that's recession proof? Um. No. The other hospital in town just asked it's employees to give up 5 days of PTO AND to take a 5% paycut in order to keep their jobs.

Posted by: k8 at March 6, 2009 10:58 AM

I work in healthcare and although my job is secure, not all areas of healthcare are safe. People losing their jobs on the daily also loose their healthcare coverage. Because of that, they can't afford to go to the doctor anymore for minor illnesses like strep or cough and colds, that sort of thing. The surgeons I work for stated that if we should start to see a decrease in patient activity (we see an average 750 patients a week) they'll take a 40% pay cut so that we continue to keep our bonuses and raises etc. I thought that was pretty cool, but it also shows they're doing alright if they can take a 40% pay cut in the coming year.

Posted by: kimmyk at March 6, 2009 11:11 AM

I'm in the recession proof industry as my last event was completely sold out.

Our nonprofit does economic forecast. ;-D

Posted by: oakley at March 6, 2009 11:13 AM

"They" say health care and higher ed. Higher ed may be recession-tolerant, but last Friday 60+ of my coworkers were laid off with no notice. Non-academic budgets were cut 10% for FY10, and I'm thankful to be employed. Higher ed is subject to market crap because our endowments are invested in the market and our paying students' sources of funding (parents' jobs, government loans, college funds that were invested in the market) are getting unsteady, and we are a private institution and don't often accept gov't money because of those pesky church-state strings that are usually attached. Recession-proof? No. Better off than the average bear? Probably.

Posted by: Brooke Habecker at March 6, 2009 12:08 PM

I work in higher education for the largest for profit college known to mankind. We are listed on USA Today's top ten strongest companies. All that financial aid means its recession proof. Oddly the company saw the future and 3 years ago as people naturally moved on....they were not replaced. IE: no one fired or laid off now. Public education is not safe but our private for profit is doing very well. My company stock has gone up in value in this recession.

Posted by: Kristy at March 6, 2009 12:14 PM

I work in higher education for the largest for profit college known to mankind. We are listed on USA Today's top ten strongest companies. All that financial aid means its recession proof. Oddly the company saw the future and 3 years ago as people naturally moved on....they were not replaced. IE: no one fired or laid off now. Public education is not safe but our private for profit is doing very well. My company stock has gone up in value in this recession.

Posted by: Kristy at March 6, 2009 12:16 PM

I think the food notion is right on target as being recession-proof... I read recently that Hershey and Campbell's posted profits... people want comfort food and damn if chocolate and soup don't fit that description!

Posted by: Sue R at March 6, 2009 12:17 PM

Beer and tobacco.

Posted by: Brad at March 6, 2009 1:01 PM

A friend of mine is a coroner and a funeral director. I'd say that's pretty recession proof....

Posted by: Rose W at March 6, 2009 1:02 PM

ATF-Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. I'm willing to bet those are all pretty recession-proof along with all your major vices. Porn is probably pretty recession-proof. I agree with what others have said about food and mortuary/funeral services. Also, I'm going to go with seed suppliers, like Burpee.

Posted by: Dreamybee at March 6, 2009 1:25 PM

PS: You know what happens when you clear the board in Bubble Shooter (Bubble Spinner's more OCD cousin)? GAME OVER. Seriously. That's it. Some bonus points and GAME OVER.

I will never click on your time waster links again.

Posted by: Elise at March 6, 2009 2:52 PM

Re: Chris Brown and Rhianna getting hitched. If she married him, then his evil plan worked. And he'll get off, and she'll continue to receive those beatings until her looks are completely compromised and her career tanks because of the toll it takes. Then he'll dump her and move on to the next one. Shame, isn't it? Let's hope she's not that stupid. I'd rather think she married him so when he has an 'unfortunate accident', his fortune will be hers, along with a healthy side of retribution.

And I gotta agree with the funeral biz as being recession proof. Definitely.

Posted by: coolchick at March 6, 2009 2:52 PM

Advertising. Everyone else is still trying to garner new business, and more often than not, they can't do it alone.

Posted by: Emily at March 6, 2009 3:50 PM

NURSING!

(prepare for my work schpeal):

By 2012 there will be a shortage of one million nurses, and then until around 2020 there will be a need of 233,000 yearly nurses nationwide. Talk about job security.

Posted by: samantha jo campen at March 6, 2009 5:02 PM

I work for wastewater treatment engineers. I'd say thats pretty recession proof. Bathrooms aren't going need bailed out. Well. Not financially, anyway.

Posted by: Ames at March 6, 2009 6:58 PM

Cobblers. The answer is: Cobblers. Buy a new pair of shoes or get your old pair ... repaired?

Posted by: TheQueen at March 6, 2009 9:15 PM

The toilet paper industry. People still need to go. :0)

Posted by: Aurelia at March 6, 2009 9:21 PM

"Hey, do you park here monthly?" I'm going to have to use that tonight when DH get home from work. I'll not divulge why as I'm sure it would *entirely* lose the desired effect.

Recession proof? Funeral directors. And things catering to the ultra rich, unfortunately. Because you HAVE to diamond encrust your new Bently. Y'know, every six months when the new one arrives.

Posted by: harmzie at March 6, 2009 9:40 PM

breweries

Posted by: Nat at March 6, 2009 10:06 PM

My uncle was a funeral director. He signed his correspondence "eventually yours."

Posted by: Pat at March 7, 2009 9:24 AM

I would say probably nursing and education are the most recession proof jobs. My husband deals with enrollment registration for a national online university and it is amazing the number of people currently going back to school to further their education or get a different degree because they can't find gainful employment with their current level of education.

Posted by: Sarah at March 8, 2009 12:06 AM

Pickup Line: I'm sorry, but I can't stop laughing over this one.

Schadenfreude: I've been laughing over this one all week.

Shittiest Life Decision: Whether they are married or not, she stays on the list just for staying with him.

Not Quite Hypothetical: Alcohol and tobacco industries. The more difficulties people have the more they will smoke and drink.

I hope you are having a nice weekend.

Posted by: MariaV at March 8, 2009 6:13 AM

I would say nursing is pretty recession proof. I know I hear from my friends all the time that are nurses that I should get over my fear of accidentally killing someone and get a nursing degree. But then there's that whole other fear of getting some strange virus that they can't figure out what it is and it eats away at me.

I can tell you what is not recession proof - the financial industry. I was offered a voluntary severance on Friday. I'm going to refuse it and keep looking for a job but it's obvious what is going to come next.

Posted by: Shell at March 8, 2009 2:46 PM

Technical colleges. With all the shut-downs, people have to go back and get retraining, etc.

Posted by: Susan at March 9, 2009 6:18 AM

Technical colleges. With all the shut-downs, people have to go back and get retraining, etc.

Posted by: Susan at March 9, 2009 6:18 AM

I think if you work in collections right now, you've got it made. The company my hubs works for cannot hire them fast enough. I think it would be a shitty ass job, but there seem to be a lot of them, I think that's the only department in his company still recruiting people.

Posted by: Steph at March 9, 2009 11:49 AM


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