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    I observed this strange belief in my sister.  She had a high administration job at a university and was making, say, middle triple digits in salary.  Then she was fired, more for her hubris than anything else, I think.  I was with her in the period right after this and we were driving around my small northern California town and we passed the trailer park.  That is where I am headed, she said.  I told her, no, middle class life is not that onerous.  You just have to pay attention to where your money goes.  Bicker with the cable company about your monthly charges, etc.  You still can live well and enjoy life.

    She went on to get another university administrative job that was paid much less (but more than I ever made as a professor).  Now she says of her past:  "I was living in fantasy land."

    "A developed country is not where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transportation." - Mayor of Bogota

    by Time Waits for no Woman on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:17:12 AM PST

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