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My brain is out to lunch today - wandering thoughts do not an efficient worker make.

Instead, I started contemplating these past five or six years since the crash and how they have affected me, those I care about, and our nation as a whole.  I was hit hard, early on, and have been in recovery mode for the past two-three years.  Some of my friends were hit later and are having the worst of it now, while others were hit hard back then and are still struggling.

I am thankful for being as busy as I am.  The construction business is booming again here in SoCal, and my business has been steady for almost two years now.  However, recovery has not been easy.  As busy as I am, catching up financially after having - literally - zero income for three years is like being on a hamster wheel.  Every time I feel like I'm finally getting a little ahead, something comes up to set me back again.

After the crash, all of us architects were pretty desperate.  Some still are.  In my case, I took a lot of jobs that I knew would be a bitch, just because I didn't have a choice.  Difficult clients, difficult projects, impossible budgets....  there were times, for the first time in my career, that I really started hating my job.

In short, I feel like the past five years have been an endless series of Rocky movies; I win in a couple, but I'm beat up and exhausted, and there's a part XVII right around the corner and nobody wants to see it.

So I started daydreaming about what I wish for 2014, and I'm interested in hearing your stories and wishes too.  Jump with me below the fold and let's share!

My 2014 Wish List (including but not limited to by any means!):

- Bigger and better projects
- A reserve account in the bank (even small - just something for a rainy day or even a rainy hour!)
- My dad's cancer is kept at bay
- Good jobs for those that I love, who have been battling this economy like goddamn champs.
- Good jobs for all those talented Americans out there; our country suffers when the energies of our people sit idle.
- A Democratic House and Senate, populated with good progressives... let's begin to restore this once great nation

And, what self-respecting American wouldn't include at least one totally materialistic, frivolous and unnecessary wish... just for shits and giggles:

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2014 Chevy Camaro SS Convertible

Please share your experiences in these troubled times, and your wishes for the new year!
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Do you expect 2014 to be a better year for you than 2013?

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976, koosah, sfbob

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 01:33:00 PM PST

  •  I'm looking forward to next year, too. (3+ / 0-)
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    sfbob, La Gitane, Mr Robert

    This year wasn't bad economically--no worse than some others, I guess.  But it seems like 2013 started with bad news and just never got better.

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    In January our beloved Mac started getting sick, and by March we had lost him to lymphoma. He was only three. It just seems like there's been a series of deaths since then.

    But we are on The List to get a puppy.  We have two kitties who came to us as strays and I know we could get a shelter dog anytime, but my son is on the autism spectrum. We have to be careful with canine disposition and temperament.

    The family we got Mac from has our name again. We're hoping that 2014 will bring a new puppy to our family. That's a good thing to look forward to!        

    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle stand like a rock." Attributed to T. Jefferson

    by koosah on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:00:52 PM PST

    •  Sorry about losing Mac (2+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert, koosah

      I have friends who have lost pets this year, and I lost a beloved pootie myself last year.  I've found that the one year anniversary is kinda an important milestone....  Light a candle for him for me... xoxo

      And yes - here's to a new puppy!!!  Licks and kisses!!!  Best wishes for 2014!!

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:50:04 PM PST

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  •  I'm looking forward to 2014 for one reason (2+ / 0-)
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    koosah, La Gitane

    Whether it's good or it's bad, I'll be retired at the end of 2014 (or maybe a bit before, depending on the level of Republican shenanigans in Congress).
    The countdown starts now. Actually I'd originally intended to retire at the end of this month but that proved not be fiscally responsible.

    Just came back from a colleague's retirement luncheon so it's on my mind.

    •  Yahoo! That's wondeful, sfbob! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      sfbob, La Gitane

      "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle stand like a rock." Attributed to T. Jefferson

      by koosah on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:09:29 PM PST

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    •  That's excellent! (1+ / 0-)
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      sfbob

      Definitely something to look forward to!

      Retirement isn't in my life plan.  Working til the day I keel over is, but for all its faults I do love my job.

      Congratulations - so I guess we'll have loads of dKos diaries to look forward to??  

      :)

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:52:29 PM PST

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      •  On the one hand it would be nice to write more (1+ / 0-)
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        La Gitane

        On the other hand there are so many topics I don't feel sufficiently knowledgeable about. So we'll see. At any rate, I'll have more time to write--probably. Friends who've retired before me tell me they're so busy they don't understand how they ever had time for work.

  •  While it will probably be good (0+ / 0-)

    from a financial security standpoint, there's a very good chance that cancer will take both my father and my younger brother next year. I'm not looking forward to next year at all.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:21:03 PM PST

    •  Your father AND younger brother?? (1+ / 0-)
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      milkbone

      I'm so sorry.... is it the same kind of cancer?

      Please be strong....try not to be afraid...I'll keep you all in my thoughts....

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:54:25 PM PST

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      •  No, two different types (1+ / 0-)
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        La Gitane

        and my dad is getting up there anyway. But as the oldest, there are responsibilities that I will have to deal with, so, as I said, 2014 may end up being a crummy year.

        One good thing is that I have a very good boss who knows about my situation and understands. If I call him up at 7 pm on a Sunday and say, "I'm sorry, I'm going to be away for a while...I'll let you know what's going on as soon as I find out", he'll be perfectly OK with that.

        Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

        by milkbone on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 06:07:34 PM PST

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  •  My year is ending with the good news (1+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane

    that, though my boss will no longer be seeing patients at all, he will also not be retiring for at least another four years.  A grant proposal that involves us was funded for four years.

    If I can get through 2015 with a job, I will no longer have to worry about whether or not I can afford retirement because I will then be entirely out of debt.  

    In the course of shoveling money at my debt over the past several years, I have learned that I can live quite comfortably on considerably less than I earn, which means that between my PERS pension and my Social Security, I will be fine when I retire.

    And don't try to talk me out of my optimism over my personal situation.  Everybody who has ever tried that in my life has been dead wrong.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:24:54 PM PST

    •  You won't hear that from me! (1+ / 0-)
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      loggersbrat

      I am an optimist; in these rough years I have learned that pessimism only leads to bad decisions and missed opportunities.

      When I've been positive, even in the face of disaster, things always worked out.

      Congratulations on your achievements - I hope to return to a financially solvent point too, but mine won't be for quite awhile yet.

      Here's to next year!!

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:57:58 PM PST

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