US Shutdown: Las Vegas Family's Anxious Wait
In the US state that was hardest hit by the financial meltdown, they are watching anxiously as America teeters on the brink of a new economic unknown.
Nevada, home of the gambling capital of the world Las Vegas, still suffers the highest unemployment and most home repossessions in the country.
People in the so-called Silver State have been slowly picking up the pieces from the recession that started in 2008 - and are anxious that a US default will dump them straight back into crisis.
Jay Carrasco used to employ a dozen men at his construction firm, his wife Jackie was a high-flier in home sales.
But a life that has included numerous homes, a fleet of cars and luxury holidays was shattered by the financial crisis.
Now the couple share a rented flat in the Las Vegas suburbs with two of their grown up children. Jay is a mattress salesman and Jackie works part-time.
Just like millions of Americans, they are watching anxiously what is happening in Washington DC.
Jay, 57, said: "It is going to be devastating for everyone if they don't make the right decisions soon. We are all feeling it even now.
"But hopefully stronger minds will prevail and they'll make the right choices."
Jackie says she longs for the days when they lived in "high cotton": "It was hard, it is still hard for us.
"I'm not saying we were rich or anything like that but we were very comfortable. We both made decent salaries, if we wanted to go out to dinner, anything, we never had to think twice.
"Now we are living pay cheque to pay cheque and barely making it. It has taken a toll on us. It is rough."
Her husband says the American people have fought hard to recover from the lows of the last five years.
"We're nowhere near where we need to be. All we can do is fight hard and hope for the best," he said.
"I think it has marked a lot of people, the majority I think, they think twice before they do anything. It has taught all of us a lesson."