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    Default The Upside of a Down Economy

    So I have been hard hit by the economy. I have really had to change my lifestyle. I've moved into a smaller home, decreased my spending and now have to do a lot of things I used to pay other people to do. As an FYI, I was raised working class and had very little growing up, I don't have a college degree and I worked my ass off to start my own business and get the comforts that I previously enjoyed.

    After a "mourning period", I have managed to put icing on a crap cupcake. I am actually kind of enjoying my pared down life. I get such a great sense of accomplishement doing little things like fixing my dishwasher myself, saving a bunch of money on groceries by researching specials, making my own curtains, even cleaning my house myself etc, etc. these are all things I haven't done in years. It seems that the smallest accomplishments now have significance.

    Since I don't have as much work to do and don't go out as much, I have time to do things I love, read, write, cook and work on projects I enjoy.

    I love it! I feel like when I get to the end of the day, I have a lot to be proud of. I think this experience has been really good for me.

    Anyone else seeing an upside to the down economy?
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    I guess it's just me
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    I dont associate that as much with a down economy but I do think that being productive feels good and I sometimes create lists of things that need doing and it can be satisfying to go through the list and cross out everything you've got done.

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    The down economy is scary as hell. In the 1930s, both my parents were children and they lived through the depression years on farms. How many of us know someone with a farm now? What will people do in the city if this continues to go down and people run out of unemployment and many become homeless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    What will people do in the city if this continues to go down and people run out of unemployment and many become homeless?
    If there is any justice in the world, they will eat the derivatives salesmen first, according to how big of a bonus they received in 2009...

    There is no upside.

    I haven't seen signs that the majority of people who are actually still employed have any idea how bad it is. Remember when they shut down the world market for like 8 hours because they said if they didn't, that trillions of dollars would evaporate in minutes and the world would end? And things are not getting better, not at all. We're deluding ourselves by constantly measuring the decrease in jobs lost each week. "Oh look at that, isn't it lovely that the ocean pouring into our sinking Titantic is pouring in a little more slowly..."

    When I was still employed, I would almost compusively refresh the stock market ticker to make sure we hadn't fallen off a cliff since I last checked. Even though I was very nervous about the economy, I had no clue. In this world, it's not finding a job that's tough, it's even finding a job to apply to in the first place. In 2007, there were usually 550 jobs posted in the local paper on a given day. The other day, there were 38, and that includes FTC notices, jobs that are actually scams and not real jobs, and jobs with as little as 8 hours per week. There are about 6,500 unemployed people in the valley, and 38 job openings in the paper. (This is according to a local HR recruitment specialist.) That is the reality of the situation.

    The most scary thing is that this Wiley-coyote-running-in-the-air-beyond-the-edge-of-the-cliff thinking is the only thing keeping the world from plunging into total darkness. Where the world is at right now is about halfway through "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Greece will be the first to go it looks like, and soon...
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
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