i always think of poor old lisa and dan, my friends in canada who invested everything they have in their ugly toronto dwelling. they work, they saved, they did everything that was expected of a nice smart middle class family. and now their ugly house is worth less than they paid for it, after sinking 100k cdn into it. ten years of sacrifice, to end up broke.
and then i think of stupid cousin mark who was a cocaine addict for much of his life which destroyed his marriage and career prospex. then his old bastard of a dad dies and leaves him half a million dollars.
or old libby who religiously piled up a quarter of a million usd for her retirement. well didn't her daughter hit the road face first and lose her investments and with old libby being the co-signer, hmm, meow mix on the menu tonight!
life isn't fair. if you have good fortune you should be thankful and not be shitting on people who weren't as well bred and basking in opportunity.
I'm not selling a post office worker; it's possible to live frugally and save enough to retire in 5 years if you know what you're doing. I certainly haven't followed a path of living for 40 years for the gold watch and company pension.
UWS, UES or Oakland Gardens?
Of course there are enormous inequities in the modern economy, particularly in America. That doesn't justify spending two decades of income on beer and women, and it doesn't mean that the person who does is as admirable as the person who lives more frugally and plans for the future.
well i'm very proud of you toac, a shame though that among all your accomplishments generosity was not one of them.
and if your background is as you say it is, you of all people should be aware that the playing field is not level, that most people are not exceptional as you, most people are not as clever as you are, and priggish punitive perspectives are not becoming to one so wonderfully gifted.
Well, what do you mean by generosity? Do you mean sympathy or actual charity? I think the only way to give back to my lower middle class/working class compatriots is to educate them about the importance of education, financial planning, and the various employment and business opportunities available around the world. I don't think saying "oh poor baby" on a forum really does much.
I moved to NYC a year ago into an apartment that I paid for in cash and I haven't lived with my parents since I was 16.
Why does being a teacher for 20 years qualify someone for respect, yet you don't respect postal workers?
less than 200 posts and he's douched himself out already.
I'm not bragging and I don't feel like I made it. I'm certainly not wealthy.
And technically, my parents had housing handed to them. If that negates my point, then so be it.