• First world problems

    December 7, 2011 at 12:39 p.m.

  • im 22 years old, i work for mcdonalds, i live in 2 bedroom apartment with 3 other roommates and i recently had to move my mother into a nursing home due to her failing health. during my late childhood and teenage years, my family had always experienced hard times. i hail from a working family, my mother only has a 10th grade education and my late father could neither read nor write. so the only type of work available to either of them was manual labor and or minimum waged jobs. hard times were a constant, but never the less, both of them made all the sacrifices necessary to put food on the table, keep a roof over our heads and make sure we had a way of getting around. what do i take from that? how to survive and maintain survival and not give in or up. whats my point here? the people who have "felt" the recession and are unsure about their futures are the people who have no idea how to survive without their safety nets or nice paying professions. i shake my head when i hear people morning the fact that they have one car instead of 2-3, they're losing their 80 thousand dollar home and their kids have to attend public instead of private. when you live in real world, moneys going to get tight and times are going to get hard. it wont be the first nor the last, what makes the difference is how you deal with it..

    December 7, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.

  • I agree with almost everything you said.....almost....I have a problem with the statement "young poor people have dreams and desires to be part of the professional work force someday and don't sit around and ponder the idea that 20 yrs from now I will be a head custodian" paraphrased of course. To me this is part of the problem in todays economy/society today and not necessarily politicians, it is the mindset that only certain types of jobs are "worhty". Why is being a head custodian a negative?? I know a few women who started their own cleaning companies, and are the perfect example of your "enterprising entreprenuers", I also know some school and hospital "custodians" who make a VERY comfortable living.
    It is sad that your friend lost his job and thusly his home. But that means they were 1-living beyond their means or 2- refused to adjust their lifestyle to whatever new income he was making combined with his wives of course as she was still employed. If he did not get a new job,after the 8-9 months when they lost their house, because he would only "aspire" to a certain job type or pay level then he was re-miss. As this paper can attest, there a many opportunities for employment. Are they comparable in payscale to what he had? Possibly/probably not. But if heaven forbid I ever find myself in your friends position, I am no stranger to manual labor and would have no problem taking a "lower" paying job in order to do what needed to be done. In my 43 yrs and procession through a number of jobs, the one thing that I feel I have learned is the difference between "aspiring" to a certain level of job and the realities of making ends meet any way possible(while aspiring to better positions). So far it seems to be working all right as my college educated wife and myself are thankfully able to make our mortgage, put some savings away for rainy days, and are able to provide for our 2 girls.

    December 6, 2011 at 10:34 p.m.