Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Return to Chess...

...sort of. This game wasn't rated, and while we both took some time it's obviously different when it's just for kicks. I think my opponent took more chances than he would have in a tournament game, but at least it made the game entertaining.


In other news, I have started looking for jobs in earnest. It's pretty depressing. I blame Greenspan, Wall Street shortsighted greed (as opposed to long term greed, which bothers me less), and Bush. In that order. South Florida has a higher rate of unemployment than the rest of the country as well, though I hope that is mostly unskilled workers whom I'm really not competing with. Construction has been slammed down here, for example. We have more foreclosures than anywhere other than the West Coast.

At least I'm healing well. Went to the gym for the first time today, and it was sad. 15 minutes on the elliptical. It'll come back quickly. This Friday I plan to play my first rated game since my surgery. We'll see how it goes.


CHESSX said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend, good luck with the game today.

Anonymous said...

I wish you a speedy recovery. On the economic downturn, I blame

Jimmy Carter - his Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) forced bank to make subprime loans

Bill Clinton - who put CRA enforcement on steroids (but I don't blame his deregulation efforts, which actually strengthened banks)

Alan Greenspan - his easy money policy fueled the housing bubble

George W. Bush - for appointing Christopher Cox to the SEC, and permitting dividend market to get out of control (but I credit Bush for trying to clean up Fan and Fred before the bubble burst); George W. also deserves censure for Sec. Paulson's ineptitude after the crash.

Franklin Raines/Jim Johnson/Jaime Gorelick - they lined their pockets while running Fan and Fred into the ground.

Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd - who vigorously prevented Congress from implementing greater oversight of Fan and Fred before the crash.

Anybody who bought a house they couldn't afford deserves a share of the blame.