Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Inflation adjusted

One of my favorite blogs is Overheard in New York. It's everything Sex And The City was not. That is it's real, fresh and both depressing and humorous at the same time. (Let's just say I am not the biggest SATC fan, particularly after the whole contrived "happily ever after" ending with the subtle subliminal message that a woman's life is fulfilled only in motherhood or through a relationship and any sign of independence and self-sufficiency in a woman is to be mercilessly eradicated. I mean how else do you interpret Samanth and her breast cancer, Charlotte and her infertility, Miranda trapped in her contra-elitist suburban existentialism and Carrie and the continuted ambiguity of her non-relationship with Big? It's like the show was out to punish the girls for being the same people that made them household darlings in the first place. Of course, it can be argued that given how shallow, materialistic and pointless the existence of the main characters were they didn't deserve the collective title of America's Sweethearts but then since when have we picked our national sweethearts on the strength of virtue and integrity?)


Yuppy Mom #1: Can you believe there are people living in this city who make under two hundred thousand dollars?
Yuppy Mom #2: Really?
Yuppy Mom #1: Yes, I'd never do that. I wouldn't want to live like a Huckleberry Finn.

Like a Huckleberry Finn? I have this horrible sneaking suspicion that maybe this woman has never actually read a Mark Twain book. Considering that Clemens spent part of his life in New York City that makes me no end sad for the demise of our cultural values. Or maybe it's just these gray Washington clouds that's bringing me down today. Either way it's an interesting commentary on our national economy if $200k a year is considered by some, no matter how sheltered they may be, to be the equivalent of whatever amount kept the boy Finn in his tattered rags. Now that's inflation for you. Wonder what Alan Greenspan would have to say about that?


At 10/20/2005 5:49 PM, Blogger Caitlin said...

All i can say is "dang"

At 10/21/2005 6:56 AM, Anonymous henry said...

!?!?Don't want to live like HUCK FINN!?!?
Thanks for the laugh. :~)

At 10/21/2005 6:11 PM, Anonymous Jane Dough said...

Wonder if those same Yuppy Mom's are squeezing their family of four or more into a one bedroom manhattan apartment? It is not uncommon to have working couples who are making north of $200,000 sleeping on the pull-our sofa because the kids are sleeping in the only bedroom. I guess it is all relative.

Isn't it true that it is not really about how much you make but about your quality of life?

Good post - thanks for sharing!

At 10/24/2005 8:38 PM, Blogger Poe said...

First of all, what's a huckleberry Finn? Lol... havn't heard of that phrase since the civil war.

Was that conversation really overheard in NY? If so, argghhh.... that people with that kind of thinking exist. Jane Dough does bring a good perspective to it though.

Budget Living in OC

At 10/25/2005 6:25 AM, Blogger Madame X said...

gosh darn it, now I have to admit to y'all that I am one of those doggone Noo Yawkers who cain't wear no shoes because because we only make $80k. But it ain't no matter, I commute to work by takin' a raft up the Hudson River and I jist love to lie on my back on that raft, chewin' tobacky and starin' up at the tall buildins where all the quality live...

At 10/25/2005 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York breeds its own kind of shallow.


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