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  •  well... (11+ / 0-)

    ...my mom used to say that when you give a person a gift, it is theirs.  That always seemed like good and ethical advice to me.  You don't own the recipient or their choices when you give the gift.  It is what you could do, you do it, and that is that.

    There's a school of economics -- I cannot recall the cite, sorry -- which points out that the less you have, the shorter your frame of reference.  If you have diddly squat and no hope, then making it last doesn't register.  If you have diddly squat and think you can get somewhere better, then you try to make the little you have work.  I think this makes sense, based on those times in my life I have fought severe depression.  You just...don't...care.   I've never been on assistance, but I have had lots of times where I bought a sandwich with my last four bucks because it was that or stay curled in a ball.  Shopping for ingredients wasn't exactly on the menu of options.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 05:43:02 PM PDT

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    •  I can attest to the frame of reference thing (2+ / 0-)
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      Debby, nickinnewyork

      I'm in an economic bind that is not permanent, but it does suck.  

      There are times when I could just give a damn about my credit rating, and I tell these fucking 4-year-olds who call me asking for money I do not have exactly that.  They say "well, can you pay (some ridiculous amount I do not have) right now?"  I say "no, I can't."  They literally seem to wait about 2 seconds and then ask "how about now?"

      Then they drop the ominous threat that my credit might be damaged.  After the horse-fucking Chase gave me when I was so dumb as to PAY OFF one of their cards, I reply to them that I could give a ripe fuck about my credit.  I don't ever intend to have a revolving charge card again, I have my house and I'm keeping it in my cold dead hands if I have to, and as my wife has candidly informed me, anyone can buy a car, credit or no.  

      So I have a very devil-may-care approach to money these days, and if my last $10 goes mostly to a Starbucks', sometimes that is just what I'm going to do.  It's not enough to make any real difference.

      Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

      by slippytoad on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 06:40:55 AM PDT

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