Friday, April 18, 2008

Valley of the Dollars

Our economy has been worsening for some time, but suddenly I feel like the signs are all around me, and growing more intense. This week, I learned of two friends who have lost their jobs. My employer is preparing for another round of job cuts. We just released our most recent earnings statement, and it was dismal.

On top of that, my 401K lost $8,000 in value over the last quarter, thanks to the slipping markets, and prices and expenses are on the rise.

I try not to stress about it too much - after all, what can I do? We all just have to ride it out. But it is troubling.

It’s especially hard to work in a place where people are perpetually leaving. Change and loss is always hard, but it’s especially hard when it comes in waves and keeps returning, so you never quite feel that you’re done with it.

As an antidote to the somber news, Bob and I went to see “Valley of the Dolls” on the big screen last night at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, where a special showing was being hosted by drag queen Hedda Lettuce. Quite hilarious. I haven’t laughed so hard in weeks.

(Photo: Architectural detail, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, March 2008)


Anonymous said...

Hedda Lettuce sounds like a great tonic for economic dismay.

I know people who have been looking for jobs for 2-3 years. It's awful.

Love the pic!

Anonymous said...

I could easily go off on one of my rants - the economic situation in the u.s. is dreadful and the level of suffering serious!

hedda lettuce - fantastic name - I wonder if sally will get a chance to meet her - it's not every day one shares such a unique moniker.

see you soon!

Anonymous said...

I try to not let the market's ups and downs get to me. It will come back and you are young.

The toxic environment of a workplace where people are being let go is just awful. Keep your chin up.

Anonymous said...

What Merle said,

cats are lucky--they get fed, petted, and naps no matter what. And our vet would work out a payment plan if things got desperate and we needed medical attention.) cats have it really good.

Anonymous said...

excellent name! great film. i am sure you saw beyond the valley of the dolls too? sorry for quietness of late. i am envious that yall getting together with the original head of all things lettuce. give her a little squeeze from me hey.

Anonymous said...

Are YOU implying that we're in a recession, Steve?

Goodness no! *WINK*

This is why I feel so fortunate to have scored a good job doing what I want - I'm finally ahead of the curve.

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOO! I can't believe I missed this. How could I have missed this!!! If this ever happens again please do whatever it takes to let me know about it. I know it is not really your responsibilty but I am so bummed right now. I love VOTD and on the big screen? NEEELYYY!