Today, a brick-and-mortar manager of a store in North Haven, Connecticut poured his heart out to me, off the record. The cold was killing business. Consumer confidence is fragile, again. At the time, he hadn't gotten wind, no pun intended, of the snow storm which will begin tonight and become serious business tomorrow afternoon. Some weather officials opine it could be the biggest snow fall of the season. Here is coverage of that from Business Insider.
Along with despondent retailers are working parents who have to keep scrambling with child care when the schools close down. Today was a holiday, of course. The lucky parents have family in the area. When there is a snow day, the 1,400 unit complex in which I bunk rings with the laughter of extra children.
The not-so-lucky working parents have to pay extra for child care, if they can schedule that. But, let's face it, monitoring children, which includes amusing them, is not easy work. Few want it. They would rather opt to be a home aide for the disabled and elderly.
For me, a snow storm means that my own child, four-footer Lee K., will probably not be able to find just the right spot to do his business. We will try many times. Eventually when I leave the living room he will drop a load. There's more. Because he won't be getting his daily long ride in the car, he will sit on the sofa, across from my laptop, with a very long face. It won't be pretty