Bed Bath and Beyond Lucky
Speaking of Privilege, I had a waterbed. In a moment of home furnishing weakness, someone chose to get rid of a perfectly good one, and undoubtedly regretted it. After I got my hands on that piece of merchandise, my room was set. It had everything you would want in a floating sleeping surface except for zebra printed bedsheets.
A Blood Bath
My sister and I carried the plastic sheet filled with curdled blood, fluids and gauze out to the dumpster in the alley of our inner city home. It did cross our mind that there might be some questions if someone were to see us, so we kept a low profile.
Living on the Wedge
I went on a field trip with other homeschooled kids once, in which case I was required to bring a sack lunch. Mom prepared the following:
– One wedge of red cabbage
– One wedge of white cabbage
– Two whole carrots
– Two apples
In my college years I went to Yale University. This was right after a stint at the Big 10 school, University of Connecticut. I enjoyed my time at both universities, but it was hard work and it was a week of my life that I will never get back.
What is Dolomite Anyway?
There is nothing in life that is more important than your own health, and my parents knew this as much as anyone. That’s why they made certain we had plenty of dolomite and peroxide on hand so we had what it takes to address any ailment one could be faced with.
Poor people love their TV, a lot. What they don’t love is the term poor, so please keep this comment between us.
All The News That Is News.
When I started my first business, I was about ten years old. It was a local newspaper called Arsenal News. The slogan for the paper was “All the news that is new on Arsenal Avenue”. Our target market was all of my brothers and sisters, the demographic being ‘Herndon’s, aged 7-13’. The circulation was about 5 which was close to a 50% market share. Revenues were right around fifty cents.
Apparently some things never change.
I hope you feel sufficiently teased. MADE FROM LEFTOVERS is about The Adventurous Escape from Poverty. Through this comical memoir I examine its causes, the impact on people and communities, and why it should matter to the rest of us.
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But before I send you off, here’s The News.