It was a cold January day when it happened; it just happened and there was nothing I could do about it, it was beyond my control.
The economy was in the crapper, unemployment was at an all time high, people were losing their homes by the thousands, the cost's of utilities and food skyrocketed out of control. Those that were still working were being made by employers to work longer hours, take on multiple duties as the businesses cut the work force by half. There was no end in sight. Manufacturing jobs were being sent over seas by companies looking to save a buck. Their plan was to get goods made cheaper and then brought back to the states at a larger profit. Thing is, their plan, thought processes never took into account that if all the jobs were sent away there would no longer be anyone able to purchase the products back in the states. Who could afford to pay for anything with no wages or reduced wages. It was getting so a person had to shell out a good days pay just to have gas for the week, and even then they were stretching it.
Folks began cutting back, way back, on non essential things. Tightening the belt was getting tougher and tougher to do. I mean, you could only cut back so far and still be considered a human being after all. It did not matter if you put water saving devices in your homes, they just raised the price to offset it. The same was true for any amount of other cost savings matter anyone tried to implement. Those that could afford a better mileage fuel sipping vehicle soon discovered that the fuel tanks were smaller. The big oil companies soon realised that all these better mileage vehicles people bought to save money was costing them in their corporate pockets. So the less fuel being burned because of higher mileage obtaining engines meant lesser fuel being bought. The states saw their fuel tax coffers getting lower and lower as well. So what to do? Why make bogus claims about oil availability and rising costs for finding more oil that's what they did. The oil companies began making windfall profits each year all the while claiming just the opposite. Then the states decided to raise the fuel tax even higher. Everyone in charge had the same solution to all the problems, it was to charge the dwindling working class more and more to offset everything else. Wages at companies had been pretty much frozen for the majority of workers who had not seen a raise in a decade, everything else was going up in the country except for employees wages, unless of course you were one of the privileged few who gained large sums of money from bailouts and plane old fleecing of the citizens.
People who had worked hard and always been willing to obey the laws of the land, payed their debts on time, gave that little extra each day, well, they soon discovered that after years of paying on time or even early meant nothing. Hard working folks lost their jobs, their savings, their retirements, their homes. Suit and tie Crooks it seemed were winning it all.
So...I flipped; wigged out; lost all control; mentally deranged; demented; went coo coo, bats in the belfry.
And this my friends is where our story begins.