I'm quoting and taking on different work at the shop, stuff I would not have even considered a year ago. ( think butcher shop cold storage unit fabrication
Being self employed has it's drawbacks, but at least I'm not at the mercy of someone elses whims and cost cutting plans.
But the shop phone is ringing again, that's a good sign. I think the media doesn't just report the news, they keep the biggest ball rolling.
I don't care who got us in this mess, it's here now and we have to just deal with it.
Our house was bought 13 years ago, with 25% down, and when the housing prices were high and it appraised at over twice it's purchased price, we still had less than 50% worth of loans against it. So I figure we are right about even, or just below, and having made all the payments on time, I'm about ready to go renegotiate the loan with the bank for a better interest rate.