Hot Waitress Economic Index

posted by Stal on 2009.08.04, under Stal

In the Department of Leading Employment Indicators:

In New York, we have our own economic indicators, often based on the degree to which people are being thwarted by the lack of opportunity. An old standby is the Overeducated Cabbie Index. The Squeegee Man Apparition Index is another good one. There’s also the Speed at Which Contractors Return Calls Index: within 24 hours, you’re in a recession; if they call you without prompting, that’s a depression.

The indicator I prefer is the Hot Waitress Index: The hotter the waitresses, the weaker the economy. In flush times, there is a robust market for hotness. Selling everything from condos to premium vodka is enhanced by proximity to pretty young people (of both sexes) who get paid for providing this service. That leaves more-punishing work, like waiting tables, to those with less striking genetic gifts. But not anymore.

For the less-genetically blessed out there, the article does go on to say that many managers would prefer to see high levels of say, competence, rather than pulchritude among their server staff.

[ What the Hotness of Your Waitress Says About the Economy / NY Mag]

Seen at Collegetown Bagels

posted by Stal on 2009.05.04, under Stal


I wonder what proportion of Americans had even heard of Fannie Mae before 2007.