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I will say this again: since when are people in their 30's not full-grown adults who are entitled to a seat at the table? MOST of the people I know in their 30's (myself included) are property owners, not renters. MANY of the people I know in their 30's are married, and have children or plan to have them soon. ALL of the people I know in their 30's are gainfully employed, well educated, and informed, productive, and conscientious members of society. If we want to really "tear it up," we procure some microbrews and roast hot dogs (nitrite free organic chicken for me, no bun, please) on our grill. Look out, we might hurt your child in the process.

The only difference between us and you is that we're not so far removed from a time when we didn't have the money we do now, and were struggling to get by in the city. We REMEMBER deciding between rent, food, and gas, even with a college degree and a "good" job. Personally (and also for many of my friends) we got very lucky in that we exited the rental market riiiiiight around the time that prices started to really take off. I don't know how I'd make it today if I were just starting out. I have friends in this same boat, and it's seriously hampering their retirement savings, THEIR ABILITY TO SAVE A DOWN PAYMENT TO BUY PROPERTY, and their ability to get out from under things like their student loan debt. If they could live in a more affordable apartment, maybe without a car (many choose to live in the suburbs, where they must drive, to qualify for a rental...in the process paying thousands of dollars a year for both car and public transportation they could forgo near transit closer to or in the city), their financial situation would improve dramatically. I remember how hard it was, and know people who have it even harder. You've apparently been living in your grated, white-bread, richy-rich enclave for so long that you don't remember what it's like to not have a Black AmEx.

I'd actually be really glad if you were openly scared of me. It would be the most amusing thing that's ever happened to me. Bogga-bogga, look out for the 30-something yuppie. I might roll over your foot with my super-cute wheeled grocery bag that I use in lieu of a car. I even have friends who aren't white. OH THE HORROR!

by Ms. D on Jan 10, 2013 3:21 pm • linkreport

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