Today, on Friday the 13th, while across the US, kids in elementary schools (yes, even in California, which ranks 48 out of 50…), pre-celebrated Valentine’s Day, having parties, exchanging valentine cards and goodies, and loading up on sugar, another 10,000 Americans had their homes foreclosed.
As I walked around a neighborhood today, I saw a house, locked up, with signs glued to the windows — “Abandoned house. Not for rent. For purchase information, call…”
A mediator I know, is trying to negotiate for his client to walk away from a property. Only he can’t get anyone at the concerned bank to call him back. Not only that, no one at any branch has a clue who to call regarding loan negotiation.
On Monday, President’s Day, Obama will be outlining a plan regarding home foreclosures.
I spoke to a reporter today who is looking for people who have been laid off and found a brighter future. And I’m having trouble coming up with people to send to her. Last week, a friend of mine had to lay off the last batch of lay-offs at the company she works for. Last week, an acquaintance shared with me that her husband, a CFO had been laid off last year and was out of work for over 10 months. He finally found employment and now, just two months into the job, had to lay off over 20% of the workforce.
And I’m really angry that the politicians can’t stop themselves from being politicians. There is something about being nimble that helps effect change and a stumbling, angry political machine just bogs everything down. There cannot be bi-partisanship in such a polarized country. And so we’ll continue to move along, at a snail’s pace, while Obama gets frustrated, and Judd Gregg resigns (wonder who has what on him?) and no Republicans vote for anything Obama puts forward…just because. (Don’t go throwing comments at me for that one!)
So, I’ve made a nimble, executive decision in my own little world. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day…and I’m taking the day off. From the news, from my finances, from stress, from worry and will spend my day loving all the people in my life. My daughter, who makes every day just that much sunnier, and the rest of my family who I love dearly. I’m going to see a movie…preferably a comedy with a dear friend and she and I will hopefully drink a glass of red wine somewhere in there over a good meal and hope for a better week next week.
I mean…how much farther down can the bottom be?