Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Poverty Sucks

Back when I was single and working for the Very Important Organization, I was practically awash in dough.  I once took a vacation from Lithuania to New Zealand (setting a VIO R&R distance record) and didn't think twice about the cost. Now, one spousal unit, two kids and one Great Recession later, I'm scraping for every dollar to keep the sheriff from the door while trying to preserve what's left of my life savings.  Yesterday I got a bill from the dentist for $681, and that was after insurance.  (Spousal unit has crappy Former Soviet teeth, while yours truly had put off going to the dentist for years to save money, hah.)

The last time the economy was this bad, it took World War II to snap us out of it.  But, we're already in two wars.  What's it going to take this time?

Damn you, capitalism.  You are a fickle mistress.  In the '90s you made my head swim.  Now you have cast me adrift.

Bitch.

14 comments:

  1. Capitalism? This country is socialist. Wake up and smell the change.

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  2. Tina, I love you, doll, but under socialism the top 1 percent doesn't take home 25 percent of the income.

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  3. Wake up and smell the reality Tina. The US is not a socialist country. Your fear is talking.

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  4. Hokay, that's enough politics for now everyone. Remember, this is about ME. Me me me me me!

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  5. Travener - I just met a guy who appeared to have an extra tooth growing out of the roof of his mouth. At least you're not him.

    TinaLynn - How's the reading?

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  6. Hmm, Matt...I think some snakes have that... Perhaps this guy hatched out of an egg?

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  7. Yes, poverty does suck. But you seem to be getting by OK, after all. Things could truly be so much worse... and you know it. :)

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  8. You're right, RA. I could have NO teeth. That would be cheaper, but I don't think I'd like it.

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  9. Well, I could make a remark about the lack of a safety in this country, or I could ask if you've thought about using your background to move into the world of consulting...

    ...but instead I will offer an observation from my grad school and postdoc days: poverty sucks, but booze is cheap.

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  10. Ariel ~ Sorry if I offended you. I just like messing with Trav :D

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  11. I only regret that we had to put off our summer trip to Tucson to see Grandpa so I won't be to stop by and "mess with" you in person, Tina.

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  12. Nothing like politics to start the blood boiling. The only thing worse is religion.
    And bills from the dentist.

    If I ever sell my novel, I'll pay off my dentist.

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  13. At least it's your dentist putting you in the poor house instead of your dog's vet. If I hear the words "run additional tests" again, I'm going to take my wallet and run screaming into the night.

    Nothing like paying the pizza guy in change because you've still got three days until pay day.

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