I have heard this often from my dad in regards to working. He was a contract painter so he would say as the summer started “I wonder what we will see this year Feast or Famine.” Meaning: He would either be getting a lot of work or none at all. Seems like those saying have “gone by the way side” meaning people don’t use them any longer nor (I am sure) would they truly understand the meanings. Sad really. Society has become so wrapped up in technology and short cuts that if we did loose all our tech there would be a lot of people who would be lost.