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Old 09-07-2011, 06:05 PM   #21
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Time for the reset button, I mean 81 months.............
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What is the role of the American Dream in society?
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:09 PM   #23
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Free to canoe, thanks for the quote. I was deep in grad school in 1980, but remember ironing (ironing? me??) and watching the Iran hostage thing every night on Nightline. I didn't realize unemployment was at 10+%, but I did feel fortunate to find a job coming out of school. It does put things in perspective.
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As I said to DW years ago, "we have everything we need and most of what we want". We tend to look around and be grateful for what we do have, not morn for what we don't.

We're in good health. That's huge. Ask anyone who doesn't have it.

We're not living on food stamps or in subsidized housing. We have two vehicles in good running condition. Later today we're going to the grocery store and can afford to buy whatever we want. We have a comfortable home. I'm married to one of the most kind, gentle, generous ladies I've ever met and for whatever reasons she still thinks I'm "the best thing that's ever going to happen" to her and she says so every day. Perhaps some would say I didn't set the bar high enough, but that's all I've ever wanted and that's what I've got.

We have discretionary income enough to buy some toys, be generous to others, and take the occasional trip when we want to.

Somehow I just don't feel deprived if I never own a 100-meter yacht, a Rolls, or Gulfstream V.
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I feel that I have a dream life. Good health, great DW, fun travel and hobbies, lots of toys, nice house, workshop, condo, cars, truck, boat. More than everything i need. Not 100% retired yet, but have a work "arrangement" that my friends and relatives are envious of.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:41 AM   #26
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Very interesting stories! I can't believe that I read the golf one 1st. I don't even like golf.

I found this blurb in the article about John Paul DeJoria uplifting and relavent.

What is the role of the American Dream in society?
I see it as very powerful, and I believe it is important that people don’t forget about it. When I listen to the news, I wonder why they are telling people that we’re in the worst economy and society we’ve seen since the Great Depression. In 1980, when we started our company, everything was worse than it is today: Inflation was 12.5%, interest rates were 18% or more, unemployment was 10.5%, our hostages were still held in Iran, and you had to wait in line around the block to get gasoline....

It was worse in 1980.

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Life is almost always good, compared to non-life. Regarding your historical comparison, on the surface, you are correct. But 1980 was like a young person with a broken leg, and today is like an old person with a broken arm. Superficially, a broken leg is worse than a broken arm. But the whole picture likely makes the old person's future more doubtful.

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Life is almost always good, compared to non-life. Regarding your historical comparison, on the surface, you are correct. But 1980 was like a young person with a broken leg, and today is like an old person with a broken arm. Superficially, a broken leg is worse than a broken arm. But the whole picture likely makes the old person's future more doubtful.

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I think that now is a great time to be alive.
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You will be getting that dream in a few years courtesy of cataract surgery !

In living color too.
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