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Is anyone here s**t poor?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by JammieDodger, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    we had it OK when my dad was alive, he came from a very working class background (his dad was a welder with 11 kids...), but he was in sales. When he died, and my mother had me and my brother to feed while working one day a week as a receptionist, ya...it was pretty tight.

    Still, looking back, it kinda made me appreciate what I have earned myself, and the hustle my mother had to show to raise her boys.

    My most recent gf grew up filthy rich, and she is way more fucked up than I am, talking to her, and listening to her pathetic rants ("it was so boring on the yacht, I'd just stay in my bedroom all day while my uncles fished...such a bore"), I just wanted to thump her a lot of the time.
     
  2. Mr T

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    50 months ago I was homeless and penniless.

    Truth.


    I think the lesson to learn in this thread is that Dakota Rube's life turned around when he joined styleforum.
     
  3. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    no, i think the forum was here for Rube when he needed it actually. Globetrotter too.
     
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    Yes all over Manhattan. I just looked at a $2495/mo 1Br APT. next to the PJs...They're probably paying $800/mo [​IMG]
    That's what I hate most about this place-- busting my ass for 80 hours a week and living right next door to poor people in my market rate apartment. After you take all the taxes and student loan payments out, I'm barely living any better than the public housing tenants.
     
  6. FStyles

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    Not that anyone will read this with any interest now on the 3rd/4th page, but my folks and I came here from China with not a penny over $200 and a dream. Neither were educated or spoke a lick of Engrish, I was 4, and we knew no one. (when i say $200, I mean it. No bank account, just had 10 $20's)

    I won't ramble on with any sob stories, but we were pretty piss poor. No one to turn to back home and definately no one to help here. We were on legit visas but we never once took a penny from the gov't other than the free education and free meals provided to me.

    They both worked their asses off and put themselves through college in their 40's. With lots of hard work and a substantial dose of good luck they eventually landed careers which turned into better opptys and so forth.

    Fast forward 23 years and my folks are very well off now.... Actually very very well off now but they still "think" poor which drives me up a wall, especially when they come to our place and snoop around in my closet area. The conversations that get started about a particular piece of clothing is NOT fun.

    anyway, American dream in its finest form (IMO) and accordingly, we love this country like only immigrants can.
     
  7. Hombre Secreto

    Hombre Secreto Senior member

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    What did your parents study?
     
  8. AR_Six

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    No, but I did ski bum / live out of my car for a winter. That was pretty much the dirt poor experience.
     
  9. Thomas

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    No, but I spent a year living with a friend and his family: they weren't shit poor but nothing ever got fixed or worked right around there - always scrounging for whatever around that house. I didn't mind it, but I suspect that was because My time with them had a definite end date. Said friend, BTW, has done okay for himself as far as earnings go but is utterly and completely foolish with his money.

    Now - our foster son - he has been shit poor.
     
  10. FStyles

    FStyles Senior member

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    What did your parents study?

    [​IMG] that's another story in itself. Ironically, my mom did graphic design ie "starving student for life" but see the part about dose of good luck[​IMG]

    about 12 years ago, she started a small GD firm in SF which turned out to be pretty successful.

    My dad grad. in hotel mgmt and eventually got into the restaurant biz.
     
  11. crazyquik

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    I'm shit poor.

    I've been drinking Tanqueray in lieu of Hendrick's. [​IMG]


    Me too. I've moved to the cheap end of the top shelf [​IMG]

    Times are tight.
     
  12. JayJay

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    Not that anyone will read this with any interest now on the 3rd/4th page, but my folks and I came here from China with not a penny over $200 and a dream. Neither were educated or spoke a lick of Engrish, I was 4, and we knew no one. (when i say $200, I mean it. No bank account, just had 10 $20's) I won't ramble on with any sob stories, but we were pretty piss poor. No one to turn to back home and definately no one to help here. We were on legit visas but we never once took a penny from the gov't other than the free education and free meals provided to me. They both worked their asses off and put themselves through college in their 40's. With lots of hard work and a substantial dose of good luck they eventually landed careers which turned into better opptys and so forth. Fast forward 23 years and my folks are very well off now.... Actually very very well off now but they still "think" poor which drives me up a wall, especially when they come to our place and snoop around in my closet area. The conversations that get started about a particular piece of clothing is NOT fun. anyway, American dream in its finest form (IMO) and accordingly, we love this country like only immigrants can.
    Inspirational story.
     
  13. JayJay

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    Slim, your drive is really impressive. Good luck.
    +100. All the best Slim.
     
  14. rjmaiorano

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    Not that anyone will read this with any interest now on the 3rd/4th page, but my folks and I came here from China with not a penny over $200 and a dream. Neither were educated or spoke a lick of Engrish, I was 4, and we knew no one. (when i say $200, I mean it. No bank account, just had 10 $20's)

    I won't ramble on with any sob stories, but we were pretty piss poor. No one to turn to back home and definately no one to help here. We were on legit visas but we never once took a penny from the gov't other than the free education and free meals provided to me.

    They both worked their asses off and put themselves through college in their 40's. With lots of hard work and a substantial dose of good luck they eventually landed careers which turned into better opptys and so forth.

    Fast forward 23 years and my folks are very well off now.... Actually very very well off now but they still "think" poor which drives me up a wall, especially when they come to our place and snoop around in my closet area. The conversations that get started about a particular piece of clothing is NOT fun.

    anyway, American dream in its finest form (IMO) and accordingly, we love this country like only immigrants can.


    Thats awesome. I agree that there is a unique perspective to this country that only immigrants have.

    And I think telling them is good. While they may seem like sob stories, I bet your parents don't look at it like that. It is a success story. We should be reminded more often of values like this.

    Your story is similar to my pops story. When he first came here with his mother they lived in the back of a weinershnitzl until another immigrating relative got a job and a place to stay. It took his father 7 years to get a visa because the gov thought he was communist. Never had a home of their own. My pops washed dishes from the age of 12 to help pay bills and took a year off between HS and college to work full time. When he did go to college he declined better scholarships to stay close to home and continue to work and pay bills. The school he did accept a scholarship to was coincidentally the place his father worked as a janitor.

    Needless to say, my pops sees no value in the clothes I buy.
     
  15. TheFusilliJerry

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    I'm 17 and I'm about to go away to college. Reading this thread has really scared me. I'm gonna bust my ass in college(and after).
    put plastic over your windows in the winter
    I am a child of a middle class family living in the suburbs and we still do this.
     
  16. Piobaire

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    I'm 17 and I'm about to go away to college. Reading this thread has really scared me. I'm gonna bust my ass in college(and after).




    I am a child of a middle class family earning 150k+ a year and we still do this.


    I hear there is stimulus money for new windows. Have your parents look into it.
     
  17. Hombre Secreto

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    I'm 17 and I'm about to go away to college. Reading this thread has really scared me. I'm gonna bust my ass in college(and after).

    You better... or you might end up having to survive on Ramen soups from the 99 cents store like me. [​IMG]
     
  18. breitlingman

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    Excuse my ignorance.. but what is the purpose of putting plastic over your windows?
     
  19. Piobaire

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    Excuse my ignorance.. but what is the purpose of putting plastic over your windows?

    Stops cold drafts and lowers heating bills.
     
  20. thenanyu

    thenanyu Senior member

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    Excuse my ignorance.. but what is the purpose of putting plastic over your windows?

    Vampires.
     

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