Apparently, according to some “leading economic indicators,” the general global economic downturn may, at long last, have hit bottom and begun to bounce up. The “indicators” on which this speculation is based are too complex for me to comprehend — things like how many TVs people buy, the number of French fries consumed per day in America, the predominant color of cars running red lights … difficult stuff.

I do not know much about global economic indicators or economics generally; I’m not a whiz at unemployment statistics or using stock prices to gauge the economy. I’m just a Cog in Big Law. But over the years, I have started to recognize the signs of when things are looking up — and down.

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