It’s a “regular” week. There are no doctor’s appointments, we go to work each work day and work full days. We come home, eat dinners, walk the dog, spend time with friends, tidy the house and wash dishes and clothes. It’s remarkable in its unremarkable nature.
Work is very busy with issues that kept popping up from everywhere. There’s an acceleration of urgency as we try to bring the development part of the project to a close and transition the role of resolution of issues to the business-as-usual team. As other people on the account whirl around I kept asking people what emergency they were dealing with. Everyone has a different emergency. It’s emergency central.
We attend a movie night at Cassie’s work. We watch the documentary I.O.U.S.A. and have some tasty take-out from Pagliacci’s. The movie details some of the facts relating to the financial condition of the US: the federal deficit, the balance of payments, the low personal savings rate, the failure of discipline at the Federal Reserve and mainly, the paucity of leadership. There are some illuminating facts and this would certainly be a wake up call for someone who is uninformed on the importance of these issues. It doesn’t really address any realistic routes out of the morass. Maybe there aren’t any? The talking heads in the documentary, all eminent economists, investors and authorities, are only able to offer that the US has to take its medicine: higher taxes, higher interest rates, enforced personal savings (like Australia), and disciplined efforts to balance the budget and create surpluses to reduce the debt. However, the size of the debt, at more than $10,000,000,000,000 USD and growing every day, means that there’s no reasonable way to retire this debt in this generation even if all kinds of draconian measures are taken. I kept thinking about the $0.82 trillion relief package that Barak Obama is trying to pass through the Senate. That will be another amount to be added to the already $10 trillion debt. Much of the $0.82 trillion will have to be financed outside of the US because the savings rate in the US is too low to be of any help. <sigh>
I have to say that the final impression I have is a desire to emigrate and become a citizen of a country that isn’t in such a mess. Wait a minute? I already am a citizen of a country that isn’t in *quite* such a mess. Canada has been running budget surpluses and applying some of them to our debt over the last 5 years. However, the current stimulus packages threaten to put us back into deficits for the medium term and our economy is so closely tied to the crashing US economy that this is going to be a bumpy ride. Fasten your seat belts.
On Friday we have Lucy, Gary and their sons Marcus and Aaron over for dinner. The three chickens we purchase from Costco went bad and smelled of ammonia the minute Cass took the plastic off. Yech. It’s a home entertainment emergency. Cass is dispatched to buy some steaks at Thrifty’s and everything is saved. The boys enjoy chasing and being chased around by Otis and after dinner we send them upstairs where they watch “Wallace and Gromit” while the adults tell each other hilarious off-colour jokes and stories. It’s a good evening.
Saturday we return the offending chicken to Costco, go and ride the horse at the barn and come home for a rest. Mark and Diane give us a call and we invite them over for dinner. They have been slagging curry made in Victoria so we try to make them our favourite recipe. It seems acceptable. “Different but good”. Again, another evening of interesting repartee. I love our friends!
I’ve finished Microserfs and am now reading jPod, another Douglas Coupland novel. Microserfs is set in the early 1990s. jPod is set in the middle 00’s, post-dot com, etc., etc. They both address the same demographic of people but the tone is completely different… understandably.
It’s Sunday morning and we’re enjoying lying in and watching a cute movie. It’s the weekend that still is, but soon will be the weekend that was.
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