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  •  I read nickled & dimed 3 years ago, (6+ / 0-)

    so I don't remember 'Holly'. The take-away from the book for me was that it's just not possible to live the kind of 1950s ozzie & harriet life today in america if you weren't born to a family that could help you get a leg up or pass along an inheritance or property.

    When I finished high school i was easily able to get a job for $75/week, and got raises to $95 by the end of the 1st year. I paid $95/month for a very nice apartment in a college neighborhood, a block from supermarket, drug store, etc. I bicycled to work 2 miles away, and parked the bike in the storage room. Our food bill (I was the single wage-earner, newly-married), was $5/week. It was 1969.

    I just don't understand why the greed at the top wants to punish people like they do now.

    •  Holly (1+ / 0-)
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      was the 23-year-old house-cleaner (I can't stand to say "maid") who had a husband and took care of an aging relative; she never ate much but fantasized about food all the time and was worried that she was pregnant.

      I didn't exist for awhile after 1969 and it is almost hard for me to believe that what you say could even be true; that's how screwed up the world as I've always known it is.

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