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  •  Money on trees (12+ / 0-)

    I've often wondered what it would be like to live in Northern Virginia or Seattle, where it seems like money grows on trees...

    I live in Seattle now, and though it's a great city that's doing better than a lot of other places, let me assure you that the coming economic storm is going to hit Washington very, very hard.  The money tree - if there ever was one - lost its leaves a long time ago.

    Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

    by Linnaeus on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 09:24:42 PM PST

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    •  Indeed. If there were money trees, (7+ / 0-)

      they were out of my reach.

      In Seattle, I lost my apartment, my job, my savings, my dignity, and most of my friends.

      I had to leave, and leave most of my dreams and my world behind.

      There are wealthy people in Seattle. But there are not ONLY wealthy people in Seattle.

      "It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

      by Brooke In Seattle on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 10:27:16 PM PST

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      •  sounds like the makings of a novel. (2+ / 0-)
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        or at least, a bruce springsteen song.

        somewhat incomprehensibly, i'm told that former winnipeggers are returning from Toronto and B.C.; this started happening years ago, when folks realized they could sell their overpriced TeeOh homes, move back to the 'Peg, move into a small palace (by Winnipeg standards, not Winnetka standards), and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

        now, however, i'm told they're moving back because they can't find work in TeeOh.

        i don't quite know what to make of that.

        I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

        by UntimelyRippd on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 02:38:30 AM PST

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    •  Haven't ever seen one (3+ / 0-)
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      the coming economic storm is going to hit Washington very, very hard.  The money tree - if there ever was one - lost its leaves a long time ago.

      I've been here 10 years now and have yet to see a money tree. When I lived in California and was doing software test engineering, it seemed at one time like if you put your hand out, five job offers would land in it. That hasn't been the case for a long, long time. Unless you want to program (but for less money than a programmer makes), there are no jobs in software test engineering any more. They've all been exported to India or Ireland.

      I thank the Gods every day that Charles has a job. I can no longer work in software test and haven't been able to for four years now, due to the stenosis in my neck. Since I don't have a degree, I wouldn't be able to find much at all. With the dialysis and the brain fog on top of the stenosis and the arthritis, I qualify for Department of Vocational Rehabilitation benefits and am going to go back to school, get an RN, get a couple of years of clinical experience and then take the course of study necessary to become a physician assistant. (For those who do not know what one is, that is a primary care practitioner. It's just shy of being a doctor.) DVR won't cover the latter, almost certainly, but it will take me through getting my BSN to become an RN. I was going to go into teaching but teachers near and far told me that this was a terrible idea unless I wanted to teach math. Since I do not myself love math, I don't think I can impart a love of math to the kids. I'd rather not teach than be a mediocre teacher. The kids deserve better.

      Washington state's economy is headed downhill very fast. The figures that get bandied about are actually too optimistic, according to our excellent progressive state legislator Larry Seaquist. He says the $5 billion budget shortfall (out of a $34 billion budget) is too small a number and that it is actually more like $7 billion. We have no income tax here, only property taxes and sales taxes, and both of those are down. And we have a balanced budget law, so the cuts are going to be very painful. The fat has already been trimmed. Now they're cutting out meat.

      If you see a money tree, let me know where.

      Want to be a living kidney donor? I need one from someone with a bloodtype of B or O. Drop a note at

      by Kitsap River on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 08:20:38 AM PST

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