I take anything I hear in the media with a grain of salt because I used to be a member of it (far from the left wing though). It is hard not to get depressed when hearing about everything bad going on right now, from record oil prices, inflation, and war, to the severe record flooding and tornadoes that are going on in our own backyards. Personally, I am still doing fine. My hometown was nearly wiped off the map by a tornado, but my family made it through unscathed. Our second child is due now in under 2 months, and we took out a maternity policy on my wife so there will be no lost wages. My income has doubled in the last 6 months, and I've had no water or storm damage to my house. Sure I'm paying more for gas than I ever have before, but we were saving nearly half our income before so it doesn't affect our day-to-day things. Spent last weekend at the zoo, going camping this weekend, and going to be in my brother-in-laws wedding the following weekend. I realize that some people really may not want to read this, but after taking a step back, I realized that things aren't too bad for me right now. Anyone else in the same camp? I don't want to downplay anything that has happened anywhere right now either, but I thought it was time to get some positive things out there. I realize I'll be lucky to have 1 response to this.