Is the recession still around?
Haha - depends who you ask. Sounds like most of my customers were much busier the last nine months or so. Unfortunately, a lot of that came from attrition: they were able to weather the storm and have picked up customers from the shops that closed their doors. However, several that saw a semi-boom are now saying things are slower again. In the big picture, the recovery is weak enough in many areas / sectors that one would be justified thinking we're still in a mild recession.
In other news, I am friggin' wiped out. Just damn dead-tired. Stripped a machine for salvage parts, swung by another customer on the way home for more parts I bought a couple months back. Drove home yesterday with a Uhaul (big rental truck) full of parts yesterday, and unloaded a few tons of it by hand today. Couple that with the crappy sleep I've been getting since, well, forever and I'm just plain tired. Gonna go with the cure of margarita and nighttime allergy meds to finally get something that resembles eight hours of zonk time. Maybe sneak the dogs up on the bed, despite the wife's protests. Nothing like tequila, whatever-it-is-they-put-in-allergy-meds, and a coupla warm dogs to make for a good night's sleep.