The suits came in last night – ordered their Spotted cows & dirty martini’s and talked about whatever they talk about. Fast forward to drink #3, things got interesting (and louder); it got to the point of lower & middle class people who are “in trouble” in this economy. They basically called them all lazy – unbelievable. Well kinda.
While there will also be exceptions to every rule, their whole approach to how these “lazy people” live their lives was eyebrow raising. Especially since these were trust funds babies who act like they’ve never even wiped their own brow without help from ‘the help.’
“If those people would just pay their bills on time we wouldn’t be in this mess. People are just going to have to hunker down and put a bit more elbow grease into the lively hoods of themselves & their families. Obama’s going to have the whole damn country on section 8 & food stamps…”
Umm, come again? Not all middle class people are irresponsible breeders, just like all rich or wealthy persons aren’t pretentious assholes. People usually do what they have to do to get by; it just depends on their route and what they’re capable of and what they feel comfortable with.
Example, a couple of friends that I went to college with: The one that lives in Chicago has two teenagers and is a widow. The one that lives on Long Island is a make-up artist and lives with his two 2 cousins in a house.
Now, both of these people worked at their chosen profession with their degree until they were laid off. One is working through temp agencies and bartending at a gentlemans club and one is working as a cashier and moonlighting as an escort through a long time agency. After some time they’re making it work and are doing quite well for themselves and their familes. Why? Because – you do what you have to do when you have to do it. When you owe money for things the collector on the other end doesn’t care WHAT you have going on; they want their money. Doesn’t mean it has to be long term but, bills still gotta be paid, people need to eat, toilet paper and sanitary napkins still have to be bought, kids have camp/school trips that need your attention and gas still has to be put in the car (or your MetroCard has to be loaded…) among other things.
So let’s weigh a couple options using the suits from today’s logic/way of thinking.
- Stop trying to work altogether, get on public assistance until something better comes along.
- Continue to hustle on their own on the daily grind, pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps making it work without handouts.
- Sit in the house and starve/give up while life goes on around them.
- Grand larceny, start mugging people and pulling off stick-ups.
Do people know their are individuals who used to make (beaucoup) ‘Boo-Coo’ bucks now looking and applying for ‘jobs’ that pay only $30 – 45K vs. $200K+?
Most of these people had a great job, college or no college, and made a decent living not bothering anyone or asking for anything. “The times, they are -a- changin'” and it ain’t pretty. Some things aren’t going to change. People are always going to be willing to pay for things. Things like fucking, drinking, housing, food, even water. Just like other people will never know what it’s like to walk in another persons shoes. Not everybody has it all, nor would most want it IMHO; a lot of workers are taken for granted: housekeepers, bank tellers, teachers, day care workers, the guy that fixes the copier, the person that makes your sandwich at the sub place, hell, maybe even your bartender.
What would you do without them? Who would you talk about then? Only time will tell.
I love my line of work. Take care.
I leave you with this little quote:
“Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning huh? Fuck you, pay me.” – Henry Hill, Goodfellas (1990)