Note to Cesar Alvarez: You Are Now Officially Bumming Me Out.

So I had a great weekend, how about you? Good friends, good times, intensive dieting followed by even more intensive windsurfing.

But then I open up the paper on Sunday and there he is, on the front page, above the fold, spouting doom and gloom. Yes it’s our favorite philosopher-king, Cesar Alvarez:

Cesar L. Alvarez has practiced corporate law in Miami through 35 years and five national recessions.

He has seen the energy crisis of the 1970s, the rampant inflation of the late ’70s and early ’80s, and the savings-and-loan failures of the early ’90s. But now, with a record housing bust, a financial system meltdown and consumer confidence in the basement, he says none of the past downturns was as bad as today’s.

”I think this is the worst that I have seen,” said Alvarez, now the CEO of the 1,800-lawyer Greenberg Traurig firm. “If I had to rank it, I would rank it No. 1.”

Dude, you sound like you’re channeling only half of Rick Springfield:

Everyone’s sayin the sky’s gonna fallDon’t know where its gonna stopIf it stops at allI know the world’s goin crazy alrightI hope it holds together for one more nightTonight I’m crawling out from in itAnd though were livin on the brink

Second by second by minute by minute

But Cesar I think you forgot the rest of that song:

Don’t worry daddy, I’ll have her home at a respectable hourGo to sleep daddy, you won’t think about tonightWith the night comes a feeling of incredible powerGonna love her daddy, she’ll be feeling it tonightAlright, its gonna be alrightIt’s gonna be alright, its gonna be alrightLove is alright tonightWe’re gonna be alrightLove is alright

Love is alright tonight

See, all you working-class dogs, everything IS gonna be alright.

Sheesh Cesar, you had me going there for a minute.