It's probably true what you notice depends on what's on your mind. On the day when all morning you could watch the first of the hearings on the proposed massive bailout to save the economy, it was probably not a good idea to cut across Melrose Avenue on the way to the store. No one much likes the idea of the bailout.
But it was Herbert Hoover's Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, who said this as America plunged into the Great Depression:
Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wrecks from less competent people.
So you notice the big hobo for sale at the curio shop, across the street from Armageddon Shoes. Some rich person will eventually buy it, as a kind of joke.