It was a Sign of the Times this morning at 7th and Montana as -- like every good retailer -- Our Favorite Starbucks turned up the heat on its annual After Christmas Sale. The merchandise, however, made me do a double-take. There, just above a sign suggesting that everything was "Going, Going, Going," was what looked like a Holiday Board Game called "Party Layoff." Given the state of the economy -- with unemployment at 6.7 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor -- I couldn't help wondering whether it was all a Cruel Hoax. If Layoffs have become a game now, who wins ... the person with the biggest bailout package? Then I realized that the Starbucks display was slightly askew. They're really just selling a game called Party Playoff, the latest in the Cranium series, where players "compete in a battle royale of wits, with the goal of predicting the champion and having a freakin' good time." I'll take that over a Pink Slip Party anyday...!