An old Jeff Foxworthy joke went something like this: If the directions to get to your house include the phrase "turn off the paved road," you might be a redneck.
To which we now add Or living in America during the Great Recession.
A few thoughts on this:
1. Do not tell Ray Nagin that this is how some localities are cutting back on "services."
2. On the other hand, some gravel roads might be better maintained than our current roads in New Orleans.
3. "First world" standards are just one big crisis away from "developing world" standards of living.