The growing worldwide economic crisis has finally hit home, as residents across the Puget Sound are taking unprecedented measures to make it through these tough times. The Naked Loon performed a series of man on the street interviews with regular folks about how they are coping with financial despair.
What follows are unedited excerpts of these heart-wrenching personal tales.
Jim Parker, 40, Bellevue Real Estate Agent:
My grandfather Horace Wellsford used to tell me stories about how he lived through the Great Depression in a cardboard box, mixing snow-water with powdered nail clippings to feed his infant twins after his wife died of polio.
Thanks to the slowdown in the housing market, I have had to cut back to one latte a week. I really feel like I can identify with my grandfather’s suffering now.
Eunice Waterford, 35, Shoreline Ad Sales Lead
I always thought the Great Depression was just a big lie invented by old people to make us feel guilty about spending our money. Now that my Christmas bonus may be cut in half, I’m getting a taste of true suffering.
Dan Jones, 52, Marysville Trucker
My father always used to give us crazy backward advice like “save your money,” or “don’t buy stuff you can’t afford.” I would just smile and pretend to listen.
As I was forced to trade in my ’08 BMW for an ’06 last week, I couldn’t help but feel a little haunted by father’s words.
Brian Cassel, 28, Tacoma Factory Worker
I used to laugh when my Great Aunt Mildred spoke of life in the 30’s, when she had to feed her family of ten children on ketchup-water soup cooked on a pile of burning trash. It was so outrageous, I figured it had to be a joke, right?
As I have watched my 401k take thousands in paper losses over the last six months, I can assure you I am not laughing anymore.
These distressing stories are only a taste of the devastating hardships that people all over the greater Seattle area are coping with on a daily basis. One can only imagine the widespread destitution that will result should situation worsen.
Naked Loon reporter Jaime Rodriguez also contributed to this story.