October 23, 2011

Till Debt Do Us Part

This episode ran on Slice last night, and is linked here to view on the web. Go to Episode 5, Melanie, 'Single by Choice'.

A single mom was struggling to make the money work while on maternity leave - and it wasn't working. Melanie had a Mini Cooper she was absolutely in love with. And while I agreed it's an awesome car, it wasn't working for her.

Gail marches her through her budget - I help her get over her car. Nearly. Sniff. But kids are worth it=)

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Anonymous buzzwhack said...

An interesting segment. Shows how many things are drummed into us as being essential by society when in fact they're extras. Our society is sick, so many things are more important than the latest Blackberry,a new barbecue or that trip to Bahamas.PLace yourself in Libya and pretty soon the Mini looks pretty stupid compared to a functional machine gun, piano wire and a couple of stun grenades.

October 23, 2011 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Roz said...

I can see it now. Buzzy in camo.

October 24, 2011 10:09 AM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Hah, I was just using it as an example. I'm a lover, not a killer.
If people manage to avoid the money traps and games this society foists on us, people would be happier, or at least not as stressed. Then again it might just allow them to dwell more on personal demons. Sometimes you juggle balls and they land on your head. Oh, my password was chindue, fondue's lessor known unappealing brother.

October 24, 2011 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More and more, we see Lorraine on TV.

Leather jacket, check.
Leather boots, check.
Rings on various fingers, check.
Recognizable hairstyle, check.
Surrounded by cars, check.

Yup, that looks like the girl on the website.

The word is wayosto. Wayosto go LS, on your expert advice to the single Mom (by choice).

October 24, 2011 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Zena said...

Having recently established our preeminence as the world's absolute worst jugglers (sure, you can have some balls land on your head, but only the specially-talented ones like us can get every single one to do a noggin-plant all at once...), it's been a huge revelation for us to see what a person can actually live without.

We can survive in less than half the space, with less than half the stuff, less than half the food, minus the tv, and the car - walking to the grocery store is actually a healthy, enjoyable option...

Sure, being in dire financial straits is very isolating (especially for teens): people tend to stop calling because they know you can't afford to "do lunch." On the other hand, less stuff makes for less worry. You get a true sense of the things you do need for survival - and many of those don't cost a thing.

Having people that love you, and being able to laugh are things you can take anywhere.

Egad, cue the violins and cooing doves...

On that note, I'm going to use yesterday's word (I would have used it yesterday but I was too tired to write): stogic. What the reasonable advice "old" people give to adolescents sounds like...

October 24, 2011 4:05 PM  

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