there but for the grace....
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Yesterday I wrote that today, I would blog about thankfulness. Then the day came and I had a real hard time figuring out if it was the right time for it.
Today in our community...the coalmining community, and right here at home. Right around 200 men were laid off. Not all at one operation, but several.
This doesnt just include coalminers, but tipple workers, those who work the load outs and the train cars, etc.
Truck drivers who haul the coal from the mine to the tipple.
Along with mechanics, etc.
It is a trickle down effect, and the trickling down hasnt even begun.
This area is served by coalminers....what I mean is...coalminers, and their families, spend their money in local stores, go to movies, eat out, shop, shop online, etc.
When these men are laid off, and drawing unemployment....the basic necessities are barely met.
There is no wiggle room for spending frivilously or for entertainment, etc.
This in turn hurts the local shops. Hair and nail salons.
Dads are home now, so no need for daycare or a sitter.
You see where I am going.
It is all just a rolling rock down hill, taking out so many others as it rolls.
And so so so many other businesses work directly with coal companies....diesel and tire sales...etc.
I personally know a few of these men and their wives. I know it bothers me a great deal that the way I see it is that this is just a down turn in the coal market and that eventually, hopefully it will pick up again.
So far honey is still working and I am just keeping up hope that he will continue to be.
I do have things to be thankful for.
But I will save that for a later date.
Right now, I am just trying to rid myself of this horrendous cough.
I am no longer sick, however, I believe I might have made a mistake walking in the chilly air the last couple of days.
As my right ear is clogged and popping......I cant rid myself of this dry hacking cough.
The vaporizer has been working overtime and the house smells of vicks.
But still I hack on.
I feel good, I walked an hour today and maybe I didnt get my veggies, but I got my water and I got my protein and I had an ok day.
Trying.....struggling to make sense of the coal companies decision to do this right before the holidays.
I do believe it is politcal power play to run up the demand for coal and set the price in the market.
But I am no expert in these things.
Me and my son are going to soon come to blows over the use of the home computer.
So, today I had planned to buy a laptop.
Maybe tomorrow, if the dry hacking is gone and I feel more secure about spending a little money.
Hope everyone is having a good night.