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Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I keep hearing about an upswing in the economy. No, really - supposedly, things are getting better.


Umm...yeah, about that...

Here's how much better it's getting in Redneck Central: Houses are being foreclosed upon in record numbers. Repo trucks prowl the roads like hungry wolves seeking weakened prey. Trash is piling up because folks can't afford a service or the ridiculously low local dump fees. Gardens are popping up everywhere, little patches of hope scratched into the earth.


I have a friend who has a cyst on her thyroid...she has to squeeze the removal between shows (conventions, festivals, and whatnot - she sells bellydance things, clothing, jewelry, and her amazing art and fused glass), because she can't afford to miss one. She can't afford a short recovery, let alone a long one.

Another friend is so stressed about her business, keeping her home (imagine paying a mortgage for more than 20 years, being near the end of it, and realizing you'll probably lose the house anyway), keeping her Mum healthy, and dealing with her constantly flooding basement, she nearly had a stroke two nights ago and had to take an ambulance to the hospital. Her blood pressure was something like 220 over 120, her veins ready to pop. She hasn't had a decent night's sleep in more than a year, I think. She's uninsured, won't go to the doctor because she doesn't want to spend the money.

Me? I don't sleep so well, either. Food's covered, but utilities need paying every month, and while we're trying to minimize, it's still an expense. I've filled out job applications (much to the shock of most people who know me) and gotten no response...even when I'm proactive and call back. I'm considering a title loan on the van...but I know if I go that route, I won't have a van in a month, so it's just a thought right now.

I don't know anyone whose life hasn't been at least dented by this economic hammering...so where's the upswing??

How're you doing?


HermitJim said...

Times are indeed tough all over! Getting a little more that way!

I've come to the point that I completely ignore all the "news" on the econimy anymore, because I just need to take a trip to the food store and I can tell how the economy is doing...less food and higher prices!

The small garden is looking better and better all the time!

Hang in there, kiddo! I think some changes are coming soon! Good or bad? Who knows...just some changes!

Luci said...

Been in Reno for over a year and still haven't found a job. Something like 5000 people are looking for work and there is only around 200-300 jobs available. Every woman in my Book Club is unemployed. They have admitted to giving up. What's the point? You fill out an application, but even with all the experience you have you aren't even considered.

I live in the state with the highest amount of foreclosures for the nation. Things are really bad here. Just in the year I've been here over 40% of businesses have closed and even the Walmarts and Targets have drastically reduced their inventory.

Upswing my ass!