The headline in today's paper said that the bad economy Outside was starting to have a Ripple effect in Alaska. I think people are just making excuses; when times are hard here, people have always turned to Ripple.
Even though they sound related, I don't think there's a connection between that, and what I'm calling Liver's Remorse. According to the Atlantic, people not only procrastinate doing things they don't enjoy, they put off doing fun stuff, too. Then they regret not doing the work, and the play. At the end of the day, every day, they feel bad about the choices they made. They're saying that life is hard, and despair is the only option. Okay, I made up that last part. Sorry.
The economy is bad. To stimulate it the government is spending money it doesn't have. A lot of it is imported from China. I imagine in the future, the Chinese will come to our capitol to see their capital. It could be a quick trip. Money is fungible, if you're in Washington, once you've seen the yuan, you can see the Mall.
Perhaps it's also related to the economy in Anchorage, or the budget legerdemain pulled by our new boy Senator before he rode his scooter out of town, but this year the Municipality has used the "melt in place" method of snow removal. Or maybe it's a spiritual thing, God put it there, let Him pick it up. So far, it appears he put it there for a Good reason.