Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Would you pay $150,000 for this?



First off don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with this house, but just trying to demonstrate the insanity of the home prices here! This house really isn't bad at all-I've seen worse selling for more around here.

I've been thinking quite a bit about why this happens, and the only thing I can think of is greed. Simply put, people keep purchasing property only to turn right around and sell it for more to make a profit. But what about those of us not wanting to get rich, but needing a place to live?

It's really sad that the people that can afford to live here, uh don't actually live here. See, we have tons of "snowbirds" who have vacation homes down here - but those of us who live and work here, we can't afford homes here! The median home price is around $335,000-well out of range for us "normal peeps" with "normal jobs" like nurses, teachers, firefighters, social workers, librarians-there was even an article about a woman making over $100,000 a year-and still renting because she can't afford to buy property.

So what to do? I need my activist friends here. I was thinking this: what if we (we being the working people of this area) could assemble a massive boycott? Okay, let me dream here-but imagine if all the restaurants, shops, stores, libraries, banks, everywhere "normal people work" closed. All these rich peeps who come down here for a vacation would have nowhere to eat, nowhere to shop-giving the message: if you want us here, affordable housing is needed!

Honestly, I fear for this town. I fear that we will see crime increase-when people spend 50% and more of their income on housing-which they are-desparation will kick in for other necessities like food, clothing. And while some people are working their asses off 40+ hours a week, only to see tons of wealthy vacationers retreat to their vacation homes where they relax for months at a time-well, that might just piss some people off.

So the boycott idea, I don't think will ever happen because it would take everyone's participation to work (what would probably happen is some businesses would stay open and therefore just increase their profits-GREED rules this country I tell you!) So what to do? Is there no hope?


Saturday, June 04, 2005

Just more dreams

First I had to mention I had a dream about friday last night. Well, it wasn't really about her, but I was going on a road trip wth my hubbie, and we were going back through big D-town. We didn't plan to stop there (don't know why, I'm sure in real life we would!) Well, we were about to eat dinner, and stopped at this cheap place in town. We were tired, so I said (as if it never occurred to us before) "hey, why don't we stay here with someone we know that way we can spend some time with friends, and also save a little money!" So, there it was like 9 at night, and we wanted to call someone to see if they would let us stay with them. For some reason he didn't want to call any of his friends. So I thought, hmmm...(in my dream a-one got a new house in D-town, but for some reason I didn't want to call her, although her house was just around the corner.) I really wanted to see friday and sylence and I said, hey L-ville is on our way, right? So I called friday, thinking, "yeah, friday will let us stay, I know she will!"

Yeah, that was a quick one from last night. The night before I had this horrible dream that I'll probably never forget. Want to hear it? - well too bad, it's one of those things I just have to get out.

There was a little girl about 4 or 5 years old. She was being abused by this man-both physically and sexually. You know how in the movies sometimes when a story is being told, one person will start telling it, then another, then sometimes you picture yourself and what you would do in that situation? That's how this dream was. The little girl was telling what happened, sometimes her case worker would be telling parts, and then sometimes it was me reliving the situation.

The girl said it would happen daily. He made her memorize 22 different positions. The caseworker took over then and got on the ground, spreading her legs to numerous positions, counting each time "1, 2, 3, etc." demonstrating each position. He would command "Six" for example, and she would have to "assume the position" for him to rape her. He also beat her, and it was usually a "one or the other" kind of thing. Like, either raped or beaten. So sometimes the girl would escape to the bathroom and beat herself with whatever she would find-a toothbrush, razor, anything. She would try to fool him by saying, "but you just beat me" to escape the rapings.

I was in the bathroom, seeing it from the girl's point of view trying to hide in the bathroom. I looked up and saw the fan, and reached up and opened it. I wondered how many times she thought of climbing up there and hiding.

So that's the dream that's been haunting my thoughts the last couple day. Is there a girl out there going through this-well, I know that abuse is unfortunately very common. But was there any reason for me to have this dream? Is she getting help from a caseworker like in my dream?

As always, interpretations are welcome.