Gloom and Doom

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  1. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. IcSyU

    IcSyU Well-Known Member

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    Here's your response :wink:

    P.S. In other good news, I just saved 15% by switching my insurance to Geico.
     
  3. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    A lot of us are doing ok. Maybe this will make us better with our money.
     
  4. Covenant Clone

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    That's impressive...what do you do. I need a job like that :smile:
     
  5. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    Self employed. Sell huge amounts of life insurance to people who don't need it. Ok, some do, but most don't.
     
  6. Palmer

    Palmer Well-Known Member

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    flipping foreclosed housing?

    j/k

    My famly is doing ok as well....I cannot watch the news anymore with the top story always reflecting gas prices.
     
  7. Covenant Clone

    Covenant Clone Well-Known Member

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    That is what I was thinking...I am hoping to have the same good fortune (self-employed as well) in the near future. Things are starting to look good. No, in all seriousness, that is awesome that you are doing well. Hopefully there a lot more that can say the same.
     
  8. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    If I had any knowledge of inner real estate workings, I would probably try it. As it is, I stick with life insurance, investments, and football.

    Oh yeah, another plus, I've got my first football camp in under 2 weeks.
     
  9. cybsball20

    cybsball20 Well-Known Member

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    You are officially not allowed to complain about anything...
     
  10. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    I'll try and keep my mouth shut. The thread I started on the oil debate yesterday was to see what people thought of that guy's website and if it was accurate. It quickly took a wrong turn.
     
  11. CycloneWarning

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    Amen. I am getting sick and tired of every newscast bemoaning the cost of gasoline if it goes up 2 cents!

    I am not discounting anyone's financial struggles, but a gasoline price increase of 2 cents IS NOT NEWS.

    Next at 10:00, beer prices rise a nickel.
     
  12. Palmer

    Palmer Well-Known Member

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    What makes it worse is that the next story following the gas hike lead-in is always about some new transportation geared towards curbing spending.

    Like jet packs and pimped out scooters.

    even the national news is doing it.
     
  13. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    Now THAT is news!
     
  14. snowcraig2.0

    snowcraig2.0 Well-Known Member

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    What is funny is when crude oil prices go up it is splashed across the headlines like the next world war, but where are the headlines now that is is about to fall back below 130 a barrel, and probably much further now the the Saudis upped their production by 500k barrels a day.
     
  15. Cyclonepride

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    The good news? You see that blonde over there?:biglaugh:
     
  16. CloneIce

    CloneIce Well-Known Member

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    That's because it always goes up twice as much or more than what it later drops. That way, they can point to the price drops and they think we won't feel so bad about getting bent over. :smile:

    There is no reason the price of oil has to jump up every time some mullah in the Middle East farts.
     
  17. Cydar

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    I'm just thankful to be around. I had congestive heart failure a little over 2 years ago. I had postponed seeing the doctor but when I did go I was immediately sent to the hospital (I think they told me my resting heart rate was 150). A year afterwards my family physician and my cardiologist told me I was really close to not being around. It definitely puts things into perspective.
     
  18. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    That's a powerful story. Congrats to you on still being here. I'm sure you look at life a little differently now.
     
  19. BryceC

    BryceC Well-Known Member

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    My life is always great. I'm totally blessed and thankful.
     
  20. ISU4ME

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    Another day above ground beats a day underground.
     

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