Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I went onto Fort Carson today, expecting little activity because of the government shutdown. It was buzzing, though. The gate guard told me "everything is open". That seemed odd.
I got to the commissary and it looked like it does before a winter storm. So many people! The meat was nearly gone and folks were loading up on staples. One of the customers had the answer why. The commisary is to close at the end of the business day and there is no telling when it will reopen. The idea of it remaining open was to get rid of the fresh things.
I stocked up on some frozen veg and peanut butter. I would have bought more, but I have to be careful. Hubby is/was a government employee, now in the ranks of the unemployed.
As I walked out I saw a bit of the impact. Baggers who work for tips only would be out of a job. Cashiers, truckdrivers, stockers, the janitorial staff, the office workers - all in just this one place - jobless.
Tomorrow the building, not much more than a year old (hard to remember when it opened) will stand abandoned. What an alien feeling it will be to see it empty.
It's a sad day for America.