Paying Residential Rent in the 80's. Paying two thirds my income in rent, at a cheap place, watching real estate prices rise, not being able to afford to get in on the real estate ride, not enough money to deposit, etc. (although in the 2000's I could have gotten a liar loan
and either made out like a bandit on the appreciation, or just dumped it on the taxpayers if it went bad
Lifelong memory, from renting days : Landlady, who stayed home all day, and did nothing other than take care of her house, while I worked 5 days a week at a horrible job, and gave her two thirds of my pay, before taxes : " I'm sorry, but my water bill went up $30 a month and I have no choice
but to increase your rent by $30 a month".