On the Economy: How to Make It Through

Posted by Katherine | October 10, 2008 – 4:05 pm
Tightened belt
Tighten your belt [reallyboring / Flickr]

Yolo Cowboy is willing to say it more starkly than either Obama or McCain seems to: Americans will feel the effects of the financial crisis. He believes that “reality is what we must deal with,” fair or not.

Yolo Cowboy lives in Esparto, California, with one wife, two kids, two cats, three dogs, 27 cows, and 32 horses. He works in the tech industry and strives to “become what God wants [him] to be.” Cowboy had a rough ride for several years after the dot-com bubble burst, so he knows first-hand what it’s like to cope with financial meltdown. (The week he lost his job he had just purchased a new house and a new car.) Here’s his advice, learned the hard way:

[A]s the economy struggles to get its legs back under it, you may have to struggle right along with it for a time. Take a hard look at your personal economic situation and you may find by making a few adjustments you can ride this out with little sacrifice. If you are in a industry that has been severely impacted by the housing bubble bursting, you may have to do something else to make a living for a while. No, it’s not fair, but the sooner you decide to act, the better.

Most people in Yolo County will feel the impact of this economic downturn in some way. Most will get through it by adjusting their spending and saving habits, but there will be many families whose lives will be turned upside down in the near future. If you are one of those families, I am, and I will be praying for you.

I hope you will reach out to your friends, your family and your church when you need support. This is a great community filled with caring people, I hope you reach out to them as I did, when my world fell apart.

Yolo Cowboy is also a member of the “NObama” club. Should November 4th end up reflecting recent polling, he’ll no doubt be glad he is practiced at coping with reality.

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