Serious question here, how's the economy doing for you guys? I read one user stating he has financial difficulties and such and has cut down on massages. I assume a lot of guys here are small business owners or blue collar trades worker? I've observed the surroundings in Edmonton, and there are a lot of new developments coming along, but those are generally heavier towards the government funded of the P3 projects. There is the contradiction where there are a lot of new developments in Edmonton region, but there also looks to be a lot of commercial places putting up leases or subleases signs to look for new tenants. It is interesting how more commercial places are being built when there are a lot of vacancies. See Calgary's downtown as an example. The official news is: consumer bankruptcy is up 15%, unemployment rate has gone up in the past year by 1.1%, average weekly earnings has declined by 1.2%, average housing starts declined by 11.5%, etc. You get the picture, and it looks like it is flattening out or signs of tough times. China and US are having some ridiculous trade war, and Canada is in the middle of it. China is also boycotting some of Canada's exports as well. My current profession and job is not impacted by the economy, and I've been fortunate in investments (not investing in stocks) and in life. So I am out of the loop here with probably most Albertans. I go for massages sometimes at late night, and sometimes I apologize for coming so late to the ladies and then I hear the ladies say, generally no guys come this late. I attend social events and meet up with old friends and faces, and quiet a few of them are in trades, some engineers or electricians, and some of them are out of work. It is quite disheartening to hear some stories, they have kids, family, and mortgage to pay. A buddy mine slightly blames the NDP for his recent divorce, because the economy wasn't that great, they had financial troubles, and this stuff leads to divorces and all. He can't earn the income to support his wife's make up addiction or life style. His wife also compares him to her friends' successful husbands, which is terrible in my opinion. I do not know what woman would do that, and he pretty much gave his share of his house to his ex-wife and just left Alberta. I do hope the new government can do something to help us all out. Maybe this is a good place to generally share what you are doing to survive, only if you are facing some difficulties.