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Thanks for everything, guys and gals! My home is now worth about 65% of what it was in 2007, and I'm told we're actually lucky it isn't more like 50%, or less. I used to work in the real estate industry, but that's been destroyed. Went out and was lucky-enough to get a 9-5 (sometimes more like a 5AM-9PM) job; still fortunate compared to a lot of our countrymen, even after the destruction of our small real estate business, I'm told my family income continues to put us in the top 86% or so of all American incomes. Yet, we don't have enough money to take any kind of decent vacation once a year, even for a week, and we can't afford to put our kid through college. We have money saved-up in 401(k) accounts, but are legitimately worried that if we can ever retire, it will be a pretty spartan existence. We've never asked for handouts, and have worked our arses off for a long time (24 years for my wife, and 27 years for me). Some American dream. Hope things are going more smoothly fo! r you... Chris Radan 60447