Up until a week ago, I really didn’t know anyone who was laid off or of many local businesses closing. Then last Friday hit and suddenly the shit started hitting the fan. I know of at least 4 people who have been laid off and I don’t believe that is the end of it. There are some local businesses here in Bend that are shutting down, which I am sad to see. I knew this situation was bad, but I felt kind of buffered. Now I feel as though I don’t know what will happen next. Is my job safe? Are my friends and family going to remain employed? Who’s next? It’s rough out there. Any one else feeling some economic pain? I hope President Obama’s stimulus plan kicks in and starts helping John Q. Citizen out very soon. We need it.
On to other news……we got in from Seattle early this afternoon. I’m glad to be back. It’s fun visiting Seattle, but I’m kind of over it. I don’t really like the city all that much. Grant it, I haven’t been all that many places there, but it still isn’t as good as Portland and it definitely is lagging behind Bend. Eric and I had fun though. We checked out REI’s flagship store, walked back and forth across the city, went to the Seattle Art Museum, did Pike’s Market, watched the Sun Devils lose in basketball and got to hang out with Britt a little bit. Phew. And all of that was yesterday. We were pretty tired by the end of the day. The hostel was excellent. I’d recommend the Green Tortoise to any one looking for a place to stay in Seattle. Clean, nice people, good beds, excellent location and a pretty great breakfast spread. I’m glad we had the Tortoise to come back to at the end of the night.
The drive home today was beautiful. It had snowed in the Washington Cascades and we had the pleasure to drive through them today. Really gorgeous. If I didn’t have a headache right now, I’d upload the pictures. But just picture blue skies, mountains with huge fir and spruce trees with a fresh layer of snow across all of it. Well, I’m going to lay down and watch a movie. the headache is driving me nuts, so I would like to get rid of it. Toodles kids!
UPDATE: I would like to correct my earlier statements regarding not knowing anyone who had been laid off before last week. My brother-in-law, Todd, had been laid off at ATA (airlines) last year. While I have mentioned his lay off to people recently, I did not mention it in this post. Apologies to Todd for not putting his name up there and apologies to all those who had been affected by his lay off (read: sIRK). Thank you for your comments and understanding in my forgetfulness.