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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Oh, so weíve been in a recession for a year already? Maybe thatís why business has been shriveling for months now. Iíve never feared for my job, but I do sometimes wonder if the company will withstand the lack of new customers and projects, or the crisis within one of our main clients, the state of California. If thereís no business, thereís no company, and if thereís no company, thereís no job.

So Iíve been downsizing my own life a bit. Iíve been systematically canceling various unnecessary expenses. I know itís supposed to be more patriotic to keep spending until all your moneyís completely gone, but Iím thinking thatís not the way I want to go. Less steak, more hamburger. (Thatís a metaphor, since I rarely buy either steak or hamburger.)

Today I phoned the audio book club I joined earlier this year. I phoned them because they wonít let you cancel your account on line. Theyíre going to credit me back for the two months I didnít use it. I figure two monthsí worth is about what I got out of it in the ten months I was in it. Iíve never had enough time to listen to as many books as I thought I would, and the only one I thoroughly enjoyed was The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson (read by the author with wit and warmth, just as he wrote it). With what I paid for the membership, I could have bought about ten copies of that book.

12 November 2008

Diving cloud.

Thatís not the only recurring expense Iíve dropped. Iíve gradually been extricating myself from as many automatic payments as I thought I could get away with. I donít know what 2009 will bring, but I intend to face it with as much solvency as I can preserve, however I have to do it. Some of this disengagement was painful, because I went into these obligations with enthusiasm. Sadly, that quality has waned as the bank account has shrunk. As always, Iím hopeful but not completely confident. Thatís pretty much how I face life in general, you know.

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