@sheistolerable Thanks for sparing me from having to type out exactly that.
@beastlyburden But people in small towns are so "friendly"! My personal favorite is "oh, and where are you from? well, welcome to our country!". Now isn't that a nice thing to say! I may even get a cookie.
Small towns are good for shit. Heck, I'm white and I got sick and tired of having to talk about the Balkan wars every time someone heard my accent or asked me my name. Didn't happen once in my eight years in NYC.
@Jake Reinhardt "I was the only white person" And I bet you didn't even think of touching anyone's hair.
@TheDilettantista You are a typical Match.com user. You think that you are smart because you read Atwood and say "mea culpa" yet you are incapable of understanding the colossal difference between thinking that some people shouldn't reproduce and thinking that we should have a system that would prevent them from doing so. People like you are a lot bigger danger to the society than people who've accepted their fate in life as lower class. You are the one who shouldn't reproduce.
"The Pew Research Center claims there are 175,626 single men in the Seattle/Tacoma area." #1 question on OKC should be: "Given your dreams, desires, and current situation in life, chose a US city to live in". I would then advise you to pass on everyone who chose Seattle. You should either move or accept the cost of choosing to live in Seattle, which is not just dealing with bad weather, but apparently dating douchebags who like to brag about owning a home before they even met you.
Your best efforts to lift yourself up will carry you only so far. Some of us reach our highest levels sooner than others. At that point, some of those start hoping for others to fail, and this is when they start arguing against helping people and spewing this bootstratp shit that they know damn well is nonsense. It's a classic desperation move of a loser.
"We could have bought a fucking car for $850." Riiight. One that's really worth $20 and a broken toaster, I presume.
I watch Netflix *while* I work. It's a win-win.
If you live long enough in a big city, you'll learn that the best way to deal with beggars is to just give them an honest look straight in the eye, say "sorry" and give them your best "sorry" shrug and expression (and this is honest, in fact, because it doesn't necessarily mean "I don't have any money"). They may keep talking, but you just keep walking, and in less than two seconds you will hear them move to another person (it's a game of numbers for them). The best way to help them is, of course, by giving to established charities and/or by advocating, voting and lobbying for better social services.