Thursday, January 8, 2009

Show me the money (a'la Jerry Maguire..)

The current economic recession has been on everyone's mind from the last few months. Earlier it used to be more of a topic for debate and discussion but off late I have begun to see its impact from close quarters and it doesn't look pretty at all. Things have begun to look a little shaky at work what with the funding for our project being in jeopardy. I hear hushed whispers of how it would be better for all of us if we had "our options open". All kinds of rumors are being circulated and it is just adding to the uncertainty. For now,I am just glad I still have a job! I also see how some very close friends are grappling with their respective situations and it makes me feel very sad and frustrated.

A bunch of us had gone to the Winstar casino in Gainesville, OK, last weekend and for those 3-4 hours, it was so easy to forget about how bad the economy is and how it is impacting everybody. The casino is really huge and 80% of the area was filled with slot machines of different kinds.And every single one of them was occupied! People were merrily gambling away their money and each bet was a minimum of $100. We saw this guy lose $100 in less than 10 seconds at this high stake slot machine and he went on play for yet another $100 bet. We were not too keen on gambling as we were there to just have some fun and take in the sights so we decided to set ourselves a limit of a measly $10 each. The other seasoned gamblers had a good laugh at our expense! But then again it was our hard earned money and we were not willing to part with too much of it so there.

So yeah, its been a mixed start to the new year. There is some uncertainity but the possibilites are endless and I am determined to not get bogged down by the negativity and stay focussed. It is hard but I am sure it can be done.

15 comments:

cluelessness said...

Maybe we should also ask the government for a bailout! As of now, everyone..the banks, auto industry, foreclosed home owners are getting money. Only the level headed ones that actually did not over buy or under-save are being left out :(

alwayshappykya said...

Yep. Lurking uncertainity everywhere..and rising frustration.

I'm just hoping that things get better with Obama's policies.

As for 'seasoned gamblers', you'll have the last laugh some day girl.
Good going with the $10 ;-)

I love Lucy said...

@Cluelessness : You forgot about the porn industry! On a more serious note, the point you made always gets my goat. The idiot bankers deserve to have their behinds kicked for having done this to the economy and folks like us who follow all the rules diligently.

@alwayshappykya : Obama has always been harping on how things will get worse and hit rock bottom before they get better. So I don't have much hopes for a turn around anytime in the near future.
And yeah, call us cheap but we were just being overly cautious since it is so damn easy to get carried away and end up losing money there!!

Sujatha said...

Happy sankraanthi ILL. Hope you've banished your blues by now.

Am hoping to compile a list of kannada blogs. Will you help me?

Sujatha said...

ILL, I think we both left comments at the exact same moment!

Mama - Mia said...

oh! frankly i dont even have anything new to add to the whole recession thing.

hopefully things will look up sooner than later!

cheers!

abha

globalindyan said...

i say a little prayer every morning. I feel like that is the ONLY thing in my control right now!

La vida Loca said...

New post pls!

divyaiyer said...

Hello Hello! Where are you lady?

bird's eye view said...

Hey ILL,

How are you doing? I remember when we'd last connected you were debating a change in career. What are you doing now career-wise?

DewdropDream said...

Where be you lady? Come back and post!

cluelessness said...

Hey ILL! Long time, no post!

that girl in pink said...

Good luck with your job. This is indeed a scary time to be here.
My husband came here to do his MBA and will be passing out this year. Great timing huh?

alwayshappykya said...

Hello Ma'm How's you doing?

Time for a new post now! :)

Orchid said...

come back ...new beginnings demand new blog posts...and I need company, so start blogging again please!!