As of 12:01 EST yesterday morning the U.S. Government has been closed. "Non-essential" programs have been stopped and most of their employees are on furlough. At least 800,000 federal employees are sitting at home without pay...and the ones still working are doing it for free and hoping they get back-pay when all this gets sorted out. National Parks and monuments are closed. A lot of government funded medical research is on hold or has been scaled way back. This weekends Army/Air Force game may have to be canceled.
But, it's not all doom and gloom. I am a positive, glass-is-half-full type of person. I always look for the silver lining.