Staycation? What Staycation?

Jun 25, 09 Staycation? What Staycation?
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First, let me apologize for my long absence from the site.  However, I believe that it was extremely worthwhile.  Taking a mini-tour of the country allowed me to gauge opinions on our current reaction from a wide variety of Americans.

Everywhere I went, people greeted my inquiries with a sense of muted optimism.  Of course times are tough, but, they insisted, things are slowly getting better.  Many people believe that our shift to frugality and responsible money management are in the nation’s best interests, despite the heavy toll these lessons have taken on our economy.

Being able to speak with so many Americans that are actually surviving the recession has heartened me, although the bad economic news and continued political infighting has not.

During my recent travels, I had an opportunity to spend some time in Washington, D.C.  Unfortunately, my trip was sandwiched between two awful tragedies: the week before I arrived, that nutcase murdered someone in the Holocaust Museum, and the week after I left, the Metra train derailed.  Yet, whenever I have occasion to be in Washington, I am always overwhelmed by a sense of awe and wonder that comes from being in such close proximity to power.  Which makes the sometimes ineffectual nature of our government much more frustrating.

I did most of my traveling throughout the South.  While much of the South has made tremendous economic strides since the end of the Civil Rights Era, there are still some places that have struggled and will continue to struggle in the foreseeable future.  It is in these places where you encounter the most resilient individuals, people who have never had much and learned to make do.

I saw a bridge being built in one town, a school being renovated in another.  Watching Mr. Obama’s stimulus plan have a real effect on people’s lives removes the argument from an abstraction, and puts these debates in clear perspective.

Instead of getting bogged down in statistics and numbers, I needed to get some anecdotal evidence.  What I realized, and needed to understand, is that Surviving The Recession fits squarely into the mood of the country: real people trying to affect positive, lasting change in the lives of their fellow citizens.  That’s something that a staycation is ill-equipped to teach.

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1 Comment

  1. im tryin to stop staycating..
    and vacate the frickin premises.
    been stagnent for a while now.
    i need to get noyo into stores nationwide.
    help me out with THAT.

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