I announced last week that this is the Week of Optimism at Swamp Gas and Moonlit Reflections. I underestimated just how tough it is to be optimistic during this period in my life. I know that I will be working before long, or at least have a better source of income soon. I know that economic situation will get straightened out and we will all be back to taking for granted everything we have. I know that the foreclosures will slow down, fewer people will lose their homes and vacant houses will start selling again. I know, it doesn't sound like optimism on the surface, but it is and it's infused with a dose of realism. I'm not the sunshine and lollipops type of optimist, but a glass-half-full realist. The problems that we see today are going to get fixed, we will be back to something that resembles normalcy and it soon this will just be a clue on Jeopardy in the near future. I just hope that we learn from the mistakes of our past and can avoid anything like this in the future. I am looking forward to the end of this period and I know it will end.