I went into Target last night to do a little bit of shopping and discovered that not that many people are really shopping for Christmas gifts and in fact, are not shopping all that much at all. Really strange, especially since everyone is predicting record sales and a bustling economy. Well, sorry folks, I hate to tell you, but the economy, though improving a little bit, isn't going gangbusters here in the US as everyone seems to predict. It's just been plodding along since 2001, and this holiday season seems to be more of the same. Oh well.