Have you busted out with the recession/economy excuse yet? The New York Times reports on the apparent upside of a shitty economy:
“Lavish anniversary dinners, the destination weddings of second-tier friends, costly gifts for children, and, yes, obligations to nannies — so often we go along, even when, deep down, we would do anything to get out of them. Now, even if we can still afford such occasional obligations, the recession has provided something of a get-out-of-jail-free card: it’s an excuse with which few would argue.”
Personally, each time I’ve recently used lack of money as an excuse, it actually WAS a lack of money, not a “get-out-of-jail-free card.” Not that I begrudge rich Manhattanites their right to passive-aggressively fire their nannies.