Black Friday


We’re doing something different with the Friday Cocktail Hour format this week and featuring a tune that’s not remotely torchy. Instead it’s a song Becker and Fagen wrote about Jay Gould’s attempt to corner the gold market on Friday September 24, 1869.

That Black Friday led to the Panic of 1869. They used to call depressions panics. I guess they stopped doing so to prevent panic. Depression is inevitable.

I’ve never been one to mock people for their Black Friday shopping exploits and I’m not about to start now even with the pandemic raging. All I’ve got to say is this:

That’s all for this week. Raise your glass and toast surviving a relatively relative-free Thanksgiving. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.