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    as it is inspiring. We my husband and I have a similar one. Were both technicians me a trained in art school  grahhic production artist (pre computer) designer and he a musician who is a mathematical idiot savant, a stats guy. We both worked for corporations for years but never were well paid even in the 80's as techies are in the minds of a lot of companies, just clerks or in my case 'just a wrist'. Because we lived in SF we had an accelerated forerunner taste of the economy to come.  We were skilled working poor, who despite good jobs could never afford a home in SF or even save as the cost of living was prohibitive.

    My husband left his underpaid job and took a lot of client's with him he does stats and tabs and studies for market research or anyone who needs the math to prop up their voodoo. We moved to OR and I went low tech and he plied his math magic for medium to small companies that could not afford a full time stats and numbers guy. Polls are based on cultural better deal then shipping the IT to India.  We did okay as were not really that interested in being rich. In a way were a domestic outsource, to companies that cannot afford a in house numbers person. We tailor their data so that they have seamless custom made mathematical tables.

    I went low tech and with my son a potter did artisan high end ceramics. NAFTA put an end to that. so I learned to use the computer and went to work marketing for my husbands business.Then came the meltdown.

    Once again we face another challenge as the economy no longer offers any big corporate opportunities or work for workers nationally.  our income dropped 40%. Our bread and butter clients are suffering both flow wise and many are closing their doors. We are now marketing regionally, as I really think that we will all have to build our own economies locally and regionally. We got two new clients last month both from the PNW last month and we will keep growing our business but adapting to this new normal.

    I highly recommend a book that I read when we left the corporate fold. Growing a Business by Paul Hawkins of smith and Hawkins. a blast from the past I realize but I cracked it open when the bubble burst and found it once again was a way to find your niche outside the corporate  bankster  'world as we find it'. He calls it 'bootstrapping' and it offers  food for thought about how to find a way outside the capital driven free market corporate grip to use your skills and creativity in a world in transition.

    Kudos to to PSWaterspirit as this diarist taken her/his experiences, journey and skills woven them into a way forward for real people and community. thanks for the inspiring diary.  i too grow my own food the best I can  and am working on how to use my art and skill set to find a place where it all is useable for both community and a way to live.      


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      a thousand times over.  Thank you for your story. We are all in this together.

      I am of the opinion that the govenment is not going to be able to fix this only we can and we can only do that if we learn to work together.

      Good fortune to you finding your way in this new world. i loo forward to reading the book :)

      It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

      by PSWaterspirit on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 05:35:34 PM PDT

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