Thursday, March 12, 2009

How bad is the recession?

Bad enough that the bartender at the actual "Cheers" bar in Boston has lost its job. And just to make it a little more painful, the technology that so enthused our economy in the '90s now makes it possible for no-name bloggers to spread the news online. From the Huffington Post:

BOSTON — Eddie Doyle was the guy who really did know everybody's name, at least when he started working at the tavern that inspired the television show "Cheers."

To the tens of thousands of tourists that later passed through, Doyle remained behind the bar to offer a smile, a beer and tips about where to find the Boston that wasn't shown on TV.

Now Doyle is out of a job, laid off from "Cheers" after 35 years. The bar's owner has said a tough economy and sagging business forced the move, which was one of several layoffs.

Doyle said he's not bitter, just surprised and a little sad.

"This bar, for me ... it was not just another job," Doyle said. "It was the perfect job."

Being both a bartender and a Doyle, I feel for the guy. And damn, if the people helping us drown our sorrows are being sent to the bread line, calamity is truly upon us. Good luck, Eddie.

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