@stuffisthings super to know! I'm Abraham, I guess I prefer to live in countries with amenable to poor people banking practices. And then you hear about the multibillion shekels being stolen by bank officials and all the insane charges to put money in or take it out and you retract the idea that its good to bank in Israel
@stuffisthings THIS, a thousand times this! I own my smartphone outright (though it is not an iPhone, because import taxes to the country I live in make it roughly double in cost); it works on more than one continent; I get to choose who services me and pay very little money for it!
I was really glad to read this, because regardless of whether or not it says anything about privileged, it says a lot about what do we do when our parents make promises they aren't able to keep. To say that CL has a sense of entitlement, or is silly for feeling like there was value received from this degree is missing the point. The point is at every step of the way, CL's parents were encouraging, and deceptively so. This is really fascinating. If my parents told me to go wherever I wanted, study abroad several times, and not worry about it, and we had never talked finances before, I would have believed them. It's a privilege to be able to believe one's parents about these things, I suppose, but it's also not so wretched that CL explains that those were the circumstances.
@WaityKatie i wouldn't even know what to do with lots of monies! I would just put it under my bed.
@apples and oranges This is my most quoted thing from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (but I thought they had coffee at every meal? regardless of if they had a meal?). And re: bottled water, in general I'm totally with you, in practice, at the moment the super-subsidized six packs of 2L water are saving my butt.
@iffie also some of us live in countries where dried beans run something like $.50/lb and canned are $3: so, it is a real thing.
@bibliostitute Also, there was a time in HS that I definitely effed class and got my education on the ave. It mostly involved avoiding my homework and reading books at twice sold tales.
@sally Yes. Totally clutch! It will allow your buddy who just landed in America three days ago to go to your wedding some time to cry himself out about how wonderful it all is so that he will actually read English and not tears. And meet some amazing grandparents who he will call pistols, and mean it! Not that this, uh, happened to me or anything.
@WaityKatie or they are happily, humbly poor, but rich IN SPIRITUAL GOODS