Splattastic is designed to serve as a resource and sounding board for the economically displaced or those who fear they soon may be – people who are afraid they’ll be laid off, who’ve actually lost their jobs, or had difficulty finding permanent full-time employment.
We believe the current high unemployment in the United States could continue for many years, justifying the “Great Recession” moniker. Among other things, incredible income disparity, the dislocation of the heavy manufacturing sector and an inevitable eventual depletion of petroleum reserves and other natural resources suggests a long period of lean times. Acting on the theory that most people are unused to living within financial constrains, Splattastic is born to provide guideposts in such unfamiliar territory.
Nothing you find here should be construed as legal advice (because we aren’t lawyers). Nonetheless, we will attempt to provide our readers with advice for planning against the possibility of losing their jobs, or on how to make sensible, rapid financial changes to cope with an unexpected lay-off. We’ll also present ideas to support the suggestion that existence can be full, meaningful and enjoyable even without the kind of two-income free-spending lifestyle many families grew accustomed to in years past.
However, since we don’t know everything (by a long shot), and we’re all in this together, we seek your opinions, personal stories and feedback, and we’ll strive to solicit your ideas over the coming months. Together, perhaps we can make some sense of this morass and build ourselves a more self-reliant middle-class-friendly future.
About Bob Dunn
Splattastic was conceived and created by Bob Dunn, a writer, web developer and entrepreneur based on the banks of the Brazos River in Richmond, Texas.
An editor and reporter for newspapers in seven states, Dunn later helped start up online ventures for Cox and Time Warner, managed one of Houston’s oldest web development firms and then founded a Houston database applications company and a 24/7 online local news venture serving Fort Bend County, Texas. He maintains the personal web site Bob Dunn’s Brazos RiverBlog, and can be contacted here.