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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-04 02:02 PM
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11. Many people do not realize this
They've never lived it - it's not something that occurs to one if you haven't lived it.

I read a very good book called "The Working Poor" recently. One of the things the author pointed out was this very thing. It is an incredible amount of work to exist on the fringe of society.

Say a single mother has a job. She has an old car because she can't afford a new one. The car often has problems that require her to put money into it, which keeps her from saving for a better one. If it breaks down, she either misses or is late for work.

She lives in a low income apartment that has mildew like so many do. Her son has asthma and misses school because of it. He has asthma because of the apartment. She can't afford to move from the place because she misses work when he can't go to school thereby keeping her from saving the money it would cost to move.

Etc. It's an endless cycle. I've been there and it's nearly impossible to break out of. Especially if you have limited education or if you've never experienced anything else.

You did a good deed - I'm sure that guy really appreciated it.
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  -Poverty 101: It requires more work just to exist. Cuban_Liberal  Dec-20-04 01:32 PM   #0 
  - That was really nice of you!  LynzM   Dec-20-04 01:36 PM   #1 
  - He's a good guy, and I was happy to be able to help.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 01:37 PM   #2 
  - I ran across a similar situation today  Droopy   Dec-20-04 01:40 PM   #3 
  - Sometimes you don't need money to be able to help.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 01:42 PM   #5 
  - Count your blessings - good advice, CL  redqueen   Dec-20-04 01:42 PM   #4 
  - I become aware of new blessings every day.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 01:44 PM   #6 
     - You're darn right I would.  redqueen   Dec-20-04 02:04 PM   #13 
  - Thank you  Solly Mack   Dec-20-04 01:50 PM   #7 
  - Pay it forward  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 01:59 PM   #9 
  - Good for you CL.........................  CrownPrinceBandar   Dec-20-04 01:52 PM   #8 
  - Happy holidays to you, too!  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:00 PM   #10 
  - Many people do not realize this  skygazer   Dec-20-04 02:02 PM   #11 
  - It IS a vicious cycle.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:04 PM   #14 
     - People also don't realize that many things cost more  skygazer   Dec-20-04 02:08 PM   #18 
        - No transportation = no bulk/quantity buying.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:09 PM   #19 
  - when I count my blessings  Bertha Venation   Dec-20-04 02:03 PM   #12 
  - Well, it wasn't a HUGE bonus.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:07 PM   #16 
     - That's an excellent bonus  skygazer   Dec-20-04 02:10 PM   #20 
        - Cheap bastards!  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:12 PM   #21 
        - Here's a good one  EC   Dec-20-04 02:31 PM   #25 
           - Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:39 PM   #28 
  - Where's his BIKE?  Karenina   Dec-20-04 02:05 PM   #15 
  - At home.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:08 PM   #17 
  - When I work nights I would see a women walking late at nights........  Historic NY   Dec-20-04 02:21 PM   #22 
  - I hear you.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:23 PM   #23 
  - Yes, that's another huge expense for some poor people  skygazer   Dec-20-04 02:24 PM   #24 
  - I've always been one step away  EC   Dec-20-04 02:40 PM   #29 
     - Sadly, simple, common decency is becoming less common.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:43 PM   #30 
  - Laundry is a huge task for the poor  Robbien   Dec-20-04 02:31 PM   #26 
  - Yes.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:34 PM   #27 
  - I remember watching  EC   Dec-20-04 02:48 PM   #33 
  - What a sweetie you are!  babylonsister   Dec-20-04 02:45 PM   #31 
  - Pay it forward.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 02:46 PM   #32 
     - Always......  EC   Dec-20-04 02:50 PM   #34 
        - Good deal!  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 03:04 PM   #35 
  - Excellent point CL  Forkboy   Dec-20-04 03:18 PM   #36 
  - YW.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 03:30 PM   #37 
  - Bless you, C_L  buddhamama   Dec-20-04 03:34 PM   #38 
  - Bless you, too.  Cuban_Liberal   Dec-20-04 03:37 PM   #39 
  - Friend in DHS used to want to just buy clients a car  Patiod   Dec-20-04 03:59 PM   #40 

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