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I am asking this because we have beaten up in the past 18 months and don't know of many who haven't. Everywhere we go and almost everyone we talk too has been taking it hard and have nothing optimistic to say about their future.

I'm curious about who has experienced good fortune and had personal successes as well as those who are feeling a bit helpless.

1 posted on 01/01/2013 9:24:01 AM PST by Baynative
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To: Baynative

“Do you expect 2013 to be different?” YEP, WORSE.


2 posted on 01/01/2013 9:28:58 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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Not sure how much worse it could get, well maybe I am.
Not helpless, angry? yes Disappointed? very


3 posted on 01/01/2013 9:29:37 AM PST by vet7279
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I personally did ok in 12. I’m the exception out of the people I know. I expect 13 to be worse, much worse.


6 posted on 01/01/2013 9:37:16 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Baynative
Assume you mean personally?

2012 was a good year.

Biggest bummer: In September, had to euthanize my dear Schnauzer buddy Snoopy, 15 yrs, 4 months. That was VERY hard.

Best news: I adopted a different dog from the Aiken, SC SPCA on October 26. His name is Cooper. Pic. He is a puppy and a mess.

2013, who knows? The world is way more unsettled now than it was at this time last year. I pray for the best and pray for God's blessings on our country.

Happy New Year Freepers!

7 posted on 01/01/2013 9:38:06 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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2012 was not a box of chocolates for us. 2013? I am sorry to say that I expect 2013 to make 2012 look somewhat good. Don’t even ask me about 2014. I can only focus on one pile of poop at a time.


9 posted on 01/01/2013 9:40:55 AM PST by momtothree
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How was 2012?

It sucked, the most base human nature once again deified it's self, and history repeats.

Do you expect 2013 to be different?

Yes, it will be worse, the entitled savages will continue the rationalization of the extermination of the greedy producers, and laud the ascendancy of the pious slothful.

11 posted on 01/01/2013 9:49:15 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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my husband and I are 61 and 65. 2012 was the worst year we had emotionally and monetarily since we were in our 20s. We expect 2013 to be worse and wonder which of our children may be willing to take us in someday.


13 posted on 01/01/2013 9:54:08 AM PST by Wisconsinlady (The only thing to stop a bad person with a gun, is a good person with a gun.)
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I celebrated my 70th birthday by getting off pharmaceuticals for BP and cholesterol a truck driving license .. . .plenty jobs delivering tubulars (drill pipes for those in Rio Vista), water and fracking materials.


14 posted on 01/01/2013 9:55:40 AM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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Worse. Far worse. Could be a path to violence and civil war.
Who is speaking out FOR the America we love? Who?


15 posted on 01/01/2013 9:57:00 AM PST by Rapscallion (The good thing is that Obama lacks moderation and will go too far.)
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Except for all the friends and family that died 2012 was pretty good. Given that my friends and family continue to age I expect 2013 to be about the same.


17 posted on 01/01/2013 9:59:37 AM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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2013: the new 1936.
19 posted on 01/01/2013 10:15:38 AM PST by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: Baynative

For me, personally, 2012 was not terrible. I am very worried that 2013 or 2014 will be much worse, even for those who are well off. I look at the dwindling availability of ammunition over the past year and wonder what other products will follow that trajectory in the coming years.


20 posted on 01/01/2013 10:15:38 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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I am hoping that 2013 will be a little better because Obama's higher taxes and other effects of his dominion will be more visible as the manure begins to hit the fan.

Watch for the economy to contract as result.

21 posted on 01/01/2013 10:17:00 AM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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2012 was bad for me in many ways, and I expect 2013 to be worse in many, but good in some. I decided to go Galt, little by little and kick back and try to be less stressed by the state of things I cannot change. I will of course have to lower my standard of living (even further)but raise my mental living. I guess I will be watching more protests on TV rather than dragging these old bones in person and putting down the paper and pen and let others take up the fight. Burnout has set in. Of couse if things get really bad I always have the option of jumping back in the game, but as is I think I’ll just wait and see what happens when everything comes tumbling down. With my bad luck the S will HTF before I can bail out, hopefully I won’t be forced into changing my plans but que sera sera.

I see the country going the way of an old trusted and loved family dog, A slow demise, illness, then the decision to end the suffering, then a period of mourning, recollections and reflections, where we hit bottom before a new pup and new start can begin. Yeah I feel a little helpless about the big picture so I’m trying to change the small picture. God Bless those that continue the good fight.


22 posted on 01/01/2013 10:28:02 AM PST by rolling_stone
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2012 was good. 2013 should be better (no vacation this year). Working. Healthy. DEFUNDED everything, except essentials (+ alcohol and low-budget golf). Continued prep for the worst. More family functions together = more fun. Everyone is on the same page. Solid. Focused.

Happy, healthy and prosperous 2013 to all FReepers. If anyone can survive this socialist-induced onslaught...we can and will.


26 posted on 01/01/2013 11:32:33 AM PST by PGalt
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