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Thing change fast...really fast. When I was in college taking economics classes, my instructor was Professor Zubrow. He was considered to be the top economist in the state of Colorado. The legislature would always bring him in for guidance. There were a few thing he taught me in 1975 about the future we were headed for as a country.
First off he showed us with charts and graphs and whatever how America's economic world dominance after WWII peaked between 1969-1972. We were already heading down, according to him...though it didn't feel like it at the time to 18 year-old me. I'd worked all through high school and saved enough to pay for a full year's tuition, living in the dormitory and my text books. Sure, I went to the University of Colorado and was a resident, but still I'd been able to save enough for my first year of college.
The second thing he told us was that our generation would not be able to rely upon getting a career and having one job for our working years then have a pension to retire upon...as our parent's generation had. He said we should be prepared to have probably three different careers and/or jobs during our working years and that pensions wouldn't be paid entirely by our employers. He told us medical benefits would likely get smaller as the years went by.
He told us there would be more frequent and turbulent cycles of bubbles and busts in the future which would cause shrinking of the workforce during the downturns and likely less hiring once that was over. He also said emergence of new technologies would replace workers, especially robotics and computers. He even hinted there could be jobs leaving America and going overseas to other countries, especially blue collar jobs, which really hadn't started happening yet.
Another thing he told us to expect is that our generation would not probably exceed our parents' generation in getting ahead and that large numbers of us would actually see a decline in accrual of wealth, job security and retirement stability compared to mom and dad. Our generation was the one that would see things level off and even reverse in that regard and our children would experience a continuing decline.
Turns out he was spot on.
And Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and the Tea Party hadn't even come along yet.
Smileycreek's been reading, well listening to an audio book, about this very phenomenon. It's terrific! The title is The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America written by George Packer. It follows different people in different careers as this takes place over the past three decades.
When I learned all Professor Zubrow taught me, I took it to heart. I decided the best thing I could do was to create my own business and way to make a living if I wanted some stability in my life. At the very least I would be my own boss. It was also apparent to me by what I learned then, that manufacturing in the USA would be hurt the most and jobs of the future would be in service industries because at least these couldn't be exported (I hadn't thought of phone-in services or computer services.) So, I became an Acupuncturist because I always wanted to be of service and it felt right. Plus it seemed a lot safer than getting a job working for someone else. I would be the only one who could fire me.
In the past year, however, things have changed a lot due to social media and search engines like Google, Bing, Yelp, etc. Normally smileycreek and I are "early adopters" when it comes to technological changes with the exception of getting smart phones. We've really had no great reason to get them since we have land phones at home and our office. We don't do road travelling and have no children.
For our business, we've always had an ad in the yellow pages and rely upon word of mouth to keep our practice hopping. As with any healthcare business, patients move out of the area and also pass away, so you always have to have new patients to make up for that. The way we've been doing business suddenly doesn't work any more, though it did for more than 26 years to this point. It didn't happen slowly either. It was pretty darned sudden.
No one uses the yellow pages much any more. Now businesses all have FaceBook pages and frequently their own web page and pay for search engine optimization (SEO) services to keep their business in the upper tier of internet searches. Until just recently, pretty much only folks who had companies entirely on the internet needed that. That's no longer the case. Brick and mortar businesses now must do the same. If they don't they lose ground fast against their competition, which is other brick and mortar businesses doing the same thing.
We don't have any of that right now and it is very, very apparent we MUST get on board. I'm responsible for missing the boat because I was out of action for several months last year. And it was precisely during my absence when this new way of getting your business known about out there took off. They say having your business on FaceBook is "like word of mouth times 100."
It has been interesting for me trying to get this going. I will definitely have to hire someone to host my web page, which has to be created, and do the SEO services. I can probably create an adequate web page, but will likely use help to make it interactive more than just a regular FB page.
Do you do business using the new and necessary paradigm?
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.• Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney
• Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol
• Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS
• Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem
• Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo
• New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2
• North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo BubbaNote to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
Saturday, August 17th
Los Angeles Kossacks Dine at Saladang Song Again
TIME: 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Saladang Song
383 S Fair Oaks Ave • Pasadena
ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: LA Kossacks: Meetup: August 17, 1:30 PM, Pasadena, Saladang Song
1. Dave in Northridge
Monday, August 19th
I-77 Carolina Kossacks
Inaugural I-77 Carolina Kossacks Meetup for Charlotte Moral Monday
Note: Charlotte traffic is a bear to navigate on a good day so SteelerGrrl tried to set things up so out-of-towners don’t have to stress over parking, getting around or arriving hungry. Anyone is welcome to join us at any time, no worries if you can’t make it early.
MEET AT ANY OF THE THREE LOCATIONS:
• Meet & greet, free parking and carpool to light rail:
TIME: Noon-1:00 PM
LOCATION: SteelerGrrl's home
Send Kosmail for directions • [City?]
• Late lunch and refreshments:
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: The Common Market
1515 S. Tryon St. • Charlotte
Onsite parking for patrons only
2 blocks from Bland Street Station on Lynx
• Moral Monday Protest at Charlotte's Marshall Park at 5:00 PM:
TIME: Plan to assemble between 3:30 and 4:00, location TBA
LOCATION: Marshall Park
800 E. Third Street • Central Park Region in Charlotte
ORGANIZER: Send SteelerGrrl a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Saturday, August 31st
Houston Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Hollywood Vietnamese-Chinese & French Cuisine
2409 Montrose Boulevard • Houston
ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, August 31!
4. mister mustardhead
5. Bree Davis
6. Libby Shaw
8. mr. suesue
Sunday, Sept 15th
Chicago Kossacks Meet-up at a Powwow!
TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Chicago's 60th Annual American Indian Center Powwow
Busse Woods Forest Preserve • Elk Grove Village
ORGANIZER: Send figbash a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Chicago Kossacks Go To A Powwow: Sunday, Sept 15 2013
3. Mr. broths
5. Liberal Granny
DeKalb, Illinois KossacksSaturday, September 21st
DeKalb, Illinois Kossacks Dinner & a Show!
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Rosita's Mexican Restaurant
642 East Lincoln Highway • DeKalb
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: The Stage Coach Players Theater
126 South 5th Street (2 blks. from dinner) • DeKalb
ORGANIZER: Send NormAl1792 a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Northern IL Kossacks Dinner and a Show - Saturday, Sept. 21
1. NormAl1792 (on stage as Henry II)
Saturday, October 19th
DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
7. Sandy on Signal
8. Mr Sandy on Signal
11. Mr Alecia
people power granny
One Pissed Off Liberal
Christian Dem in NC
Phil S 33
Sunday, October 20th
MEGA Philly/NJ/NYC Kossacks Meet-up!
LOCATION: Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Avenue • New Brunswick, NJ
ORGANIZER: Send mconvente a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Philly/NJ/NYC Mega Meetup! Initial Information & Interest Diary
2. belinda ridgewood
11. blue jersey mom
aravir and son
Friday, October 25th
LAKossacks & SoCal Inland Empire See Lewis Black!
TIME: 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Dr. • Rancho Mirage
ORGANIZER: Send 714day a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: L.A. Kossacks, Lewis Black Fans in So Cal
Friday, October 25th
Meet the Daily Kos Editorial Staff!
TIME: TBD in the PM
LOCATION: Daily Kos HQ
Address given privately to RSVP'ers • Berkeley
ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
You will need to bring Potluck. Stay tuned for assignments.
2. Susan Gardner
3. Meteor Blades
4. Faith Gardner
5. Will Rockafellow
and many more staff... stay tuned
8. side pocket
15. remembrance +TLO?
16. Glen the Plumber
21. Dave in Northridge
SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor
1. Andrew McGuire
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
14. Mr. dksbook
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket
20. ceebee7's sister
21. leema (will carpool from Marin)
22. Meteor Blades
Glen The Plumber
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?