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I'm kind of over this whole economic recession thing. I mean, the sales this year have been fantastic (a bunch of stores at the mall last night had by one get one free off ANYTHING IN THE STORE... wtf is that??) and with all the driving I do I'm certainly not going to turn my nose up at $1.69 gas, but my friends getting laid off? Yeah, not cool. Two of my very good friends just got laid off, and that makes it all hit a little to close to home. And just hearing about more and more lay offs? I thought I could ignore this whole economic crisis, but it's sort of hard to when I'm worried and hurting for my loved ones.

I feel very lucky to be mostly unaffected by the recession on a personal level. I don't need to worry about job security since I've given my notice anyway. (Actually I would've gladly traded getting laid off with anyone I know who has been.) I'm not concerned about the hit my 401K has taken because I know that I'm far enough away from retirement that it'll be able to ride out the market. I am not worried about finding another job after I get out of school, since nurses tend to be in pretty high demand. I have enough money saved away, that even though things are going to be tight next year, I'm not worried about being able to pay my bills. I'm very very lucky.

And so, everyone is getting pretty generous presents this year, because I can afford it, and next year I won't be able to. Take a polaroid of the present you get from me this year, because next year I'm just going to be like, "Remember that awesome gift I got you last year? Yeah, hope you're still enjoying that!" Haha.

Today was bonus day. And it figures it takes me 3 years to figure out not to get my hopes up about this day so as not to have them come crashing down around me. Went in this year with extremely low expectations, and it worked. I'm actually pleasantly surprised. Of course, I'd be more pleasantly surprised with the pre-tax amount (damn you, Uncle Sam!), but I think it might be more than last year. Or at least the same amount. I kind of can't remember how much I've gotten in past years, I think I blocked it out. Anyway, no disappointment this year.

Okay, kids. Time to go to the bank! Later, skaterz.

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yourgravity
Dec. 11th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you. It hurts SO badly to see people in town looking just anywhere for jobs. People come into my work all the time trying to find work, and the jobs just aren't there. It's so frustrating, but I'm beyond grateful that I have a job.
wolfsavard
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
I hope things start to get better from here instead of worse...
yourgravity
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh me too, so much, for everyone's sake!
banquier
Dec. 11th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Personally, the only crunch I felt was the raise in cost of living, but not my pay. With my raise, and soon promotion, I won't feel a thing. There are so many people trying to LEAVE the bank for other jobs, I'm rpetty secure. I hope your friends can find jobs soon.
wolfsavard
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
I haven't noticed any increases in my cost of living... I never pay enough attention to grocery prices, I'm so sporadic with with I buy, and I won't know if my rent goes up until March, and gas prices are going down, so... I just feel lucky. I hope they can find jobs soon, too.

ION, how was your birthday??
bellipotens
Dec. 11th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way as you. I haven't personally been affected, but I know people who have and I absolutely ache for them. I'm pretty well set in my job. This place runs on a contract set out by Service Canada and I only lose my job if they cancel the contract, and they won't, because we're an employment agency and this place will be flooded with people who need work. The only thing I'm worried about is leaving in May to go to film school. I'm going to be living off of loans and that scares the shit out of me. You gotta do what you gotta do, I guess.

People are being incredibly generous this year despite the hard times. I just had one of my friends give another one of my friends $3,000 so that her and her family could pay rent and not have to worry about money over the holidays.

Still, I have faith that everything's going to be alright. Things are going to get bad, but they'll always improve.
wolfsavard
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
I read about that when you posted about your friend. That is so incredible. I think that's the only way we're all going to pull through this thing, and that's to help each other out.
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wolfsavard
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Obama will save us! I hope...
justa_paperbag
Dec. 12th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
I love your icon. :)
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narco
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
I believe the recession is created by the government. They use the media to tell people that a recession is coming, so people hold on to their money in fear which affects business. That's why I stopped watching the news - I'm in control of my own destiny.
wolfsavard
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I believe it's totally government created, but I definitely think the media has helped further the decline in the economy by creating hysteria.
narco
Dec. 15th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
I know it sounds kind of conspiracy-theorist, but there are still a lot of people out there who think the television, even the internet is an accurate representation of what's really going on in the world. I think as long as the media perpetuates stereotypes, we'll all continue to be separated. The only reason I think it has government ties is because they're the only ones who have anything to gain from the division of the population. That's why it's so important to have an open mind, to question everything and connect the dots.
justa_paperbag
Dec. 12th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Is Kaylee holding Mal's wife in your icon? It's hard to see.
wolfsavard
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
It is. :)
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