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Kip W

Mom rollerskated a mile to school every day. It kind of wrecked her feet. I envied her for living in town, where there were sidewalks.


I think I had it much easier than kids these days. After all, college was relatively cheap. The economy was booming. Even high school drop outs could get jobs. Savings accounts paid 4%. Living standards were rising. We were sending astronauts to the moon.

My girlfriend always said that we baby boomers would eat our young.


I'm pretty sure I had it easier going through and coming out of college in the early 80s,even with the recession of that time, than my daughter has had it 30 years later. By any standard my education was cheap; five semesters of JC and five more at the State College any my total tuition/registration fees were well under $1k. After college I worked near or at full-time in a department store stock room and was able, with my girlfriend/wife, who was similarly employed to rent an apartment and eventually buy a new car.
By contrast, my daughter, even with my help, came out of college with a five figure college debt and several years later can only cover the rent with her two roommates on the two bedroom house they rent because I give her the family discount.
It irks me when people knock the "kids today" for how easy they have it. I was by no means a better, more industrious person 30 years ago than they are now. I just had it easier.

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