Thursday, May 3, 2012


Fort Lauderdale, FL

What were you doing in 2009? Let me remind you what was going on in the news.

In late 2008, the world economy had taken a 'downturn.' That's 'downturn' as in base jumping. In January 2009, Obama was inaugurated amid total economic chaos. That month 598,000 jobs were lost, followed by  697,000 jobs in February. For perspective here, that's like everyone in Denver losing their jobs in January, all of Detroit in February (perhaps not far from true).

In March? 742,000 jobs. That's Fort Worth. All this was following the loss of 1,738,000 jobs in 2008. That's Philadelphia PLUS Birmingham. From September 2008 to March 2009, 3 million 775 thousand jobs lost with no sign of it stopping.

Also in March, the Dow fell below 7,000 for the first time since 1997.

Everyone was hunkered down, some probably bunkered down to wait out the crisis.

And what were we doing? Trying to sell our house, our business and our old boat.

Here's Our Story went in 2009.

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