Hi. This is jhericlitis. I'm not really a good writer; however, I'd like to tell everyone what has occurred recently.
A little background would probably help put things in perspective. I grew up a child of privilege, yet I think we all did. I was born in the '70's. I barely remember the gas shortages in the '70s; yet we never had to wait in line due to my father's relationship with a local gas station owner. Anyway, fast-forward. I always wanted to buy a business. After graduating from the
As I wrote above, I had always wanted to buy a business. After a year of polo, I bought a florist in
When gas rose to $3.00 in 2005-06 (I think) and there was general outrage and fear of running out, which was partly brought on by a local radio host, I hoarded gasoline. I was genuinely afraid of running out of gas. I was an Eagle Scout, and "Be Prepared" was drilled into me for several years. I still have the memory of meeting with a former employee for lunch. He said "j, I am going to have to choose between food and gas." I laughed. "C-, come on. One doesn't choose between gasoline and food." I went on further to inform him that it was general economic theory that supply would increase and prices would decline to $2.00 very soon.
That leads me to today. I look out of my loft. The sweat slowly drips of my nose as I write this due to the fact that I have recently decided to cut off my a/c. Pre-shock, the monthly summer electric bill used to be about $600. It's almost doubled. Yes, I could afford it, but after a shower in the evening things cool off considerably (I have fans).
Business is terrible. I have had to let go 1/3 of my staff. When gas is this high, no one buys a luxury good. That and gas prices at $6.18 and jet fuel so high, I'm lucky to make anything. Oh, also the employees want a raise to compensate for the rise in everything. Philosophically, I can't blame them; however, from a business/survival standpoint, what am I supposed to do? I have the highest respect for everyone, and the problem is the jobs are blue-collar, thus low-paying. The comments of C.- haunt me daily. The people I let go, they lose their health insurance... can they afford food? And all the while
I feel like this is all some sort of nightmare that I'll wake up from soon. I had plans to return to school and study for an LL.M this fall. Do I put that off? It would allow me to go to
What really frightens me, to be honest, is a statement I heard from some official, pundit, or journalist somewhere. It was about the insurgency in
Thanks for reading this and please let me know how things are going elsewhere.