In December of 2008, SM was let go by his employer.
No real point in rehashing what millions of Americans experienced during the great reset of 2009. Depression? Recession? History will provide a definition for it soon enough.
SM went on unemployment, I survived our 3rd (and last) layoff...and life went on. We cut back where we could...made excuses for the things we didn't want to give up just yet, and sat glued to TV and Internet alike to hear stories of people struggling to maintain their lifestyles.
Of course we turned the microscope on ourselves.
Short story then. We have a manageable mortgage, 2 older cars (paid off), our health and gray matter between our ears. SM went back to what he's done before...being self employed. We both still send out resumes to test the waters from time to time but no bites yet.
So a few lessons learned. Ctrl Alt Delete.