Modern Day Nomads

Perhaps Janis Joplin said it best: Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. While there have always been people who, when handed a pile of lemons find a way to make lemonade, this recession is proving that we may indeed be a nation of lemonade-makers.

The unspoken motto: Make unemployment, “funemployment.”

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  1. When the going gets tough…The tough do a bit of shopping! :-0)

  2. Our whole family had a summer of unemployment. Our son who was 15 or 16 had a 15 hour a week job sacking groceries at a local grocery. Son-in-law, daughter and I were all unemployed, husband had his own business which was severely underemployed that summer. Anytime we got enough together to gas the two jeeps the two families had we would head for the hills and camp out. That was one of the best summers we ever had. And the being together was very special. Some how, God provided our house payment and utilities. We raised gardens. Guess we made lemon aide instead of sitting around crying about not having a job. Blessings.

    • Hi Mary. Most of my life I never had any trouble finding a job, so I don’t know how young people these days deal with the matter. During the years after Y2K, though, I found nobody wanted to hire a guy my age for much of anything. It was tough times, and though I didn’t sit around crying about it, I became a believer that it ain’t all milk and honey out there. I’m grateful for the experience but I hope I never get backed into that corner again. Gracias, J

  3. It’s easier to be free living simply and traveling light. People are cashing in and taking off in increasing numbers. It’s going to be tough to control a nation of independent, free thinking, lemonade makers.

    • elroyjones: You might be right, though I suspect the citizenry is easier to control these days than it would have been in past times when the entertainment industry was less able to keep them occupied. Gracias, J

  4. With all due respect, Janis Joplin just sang the song. It was Kirs Kristofferson who wrote it.

    • Hi ShimonZ: Thanks for the visit. Yep, Kris wrote it and sang it. I always liked his version, but Roger Miller’s version’s the one I heard first. Maybe that’s the reason I always preferred it over the others. Gracias, J

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