Clint: Anya! Long time no see. Let me buy you a drink. I’m celebrating.
Anya: Oh, yeah? What’s the good news?
Clint: My company has had a banner month. Since we launched our new line of software, we’re having trouble keeping up with demand. Every product is flying off the shelves.
Anya: Wow, that’s great news. Everybody I talk to is singing a different tune. Foot traffic is down and business is slow – really slow.
Clint: That’s too bad. I thought that Yao’s company was doing brisk business. Six months ago, he was selling a line of cell phones that was all the rage, and customers were beating down his door to get one.
Anya: That was six months ago. It’s a different story now. Those cell phones are now considered passé, and he has inventory he can’t unload. You know how fickle the market is.
Clint: I’m sorry to hear that. How about you? How’s the travel business?
Anya: Why do you think I’m sitting here crying in my beer? Pull up a chair and I’ll tell you my sob story.