I love how our current situation is: everybody's losing their jobs or can no longer find one, credit has gone to shite, and yet 2008 has exploded with enormous quantities of games and high-res electronics and computer tidbits. Progressively higher-spec and expensive autos continue to be introduced, the stock market has long sailed into an ominous cloud of unpredictability, monthly dues are inexplicably rising against the money with which it's payed, the former points compound a threat to the sustainability of families directly on the brink of poverty (my own included), and our war-bemused civilization is rattled by political interests and the girth of immunized corporations. Quite frankly, gentlemen, I am a bit worried about our stability for next year and the years to which it leads us, hand-in-hand. I am fortunate to still have my low-paying job, but all of my weekly 40 hours go to paying for my family's living costs and to a future education for my younger brother to which I was not privileged. Sometimes, it feels like we (you lot and I) are being puppeteered through what was a typical script of 1959's The Twilight Zone; survival has been shuffled into the territory unrealism and you've no ace up your sleeve with which to reply. Now, I know not everybody here would scoff in indifference to the deterioration of our marvelously modern, technologically-enhanced lives, but, I also know that I cannot be the only person under dark, fast-moving, fast-growing clouds. Most of the year, I was ignorant to the deteriorating economy and it was only last week when I could feel the chill biting at my heels--no, I'm not talking about the frigid weather. I'm overreacting, perhaps, but, there's simply no denying that our stakes are growing against diminishing odds. Has anyone else here, even if recently, begun having second thoughts about 2009? Perhaps hardships--with a pricetag-- are in store for us under the skirt of New Years Eve.