So while visiting my Florida Friend, I’ve been exposed to “Cable” TV again. Interesting coming back to it after a year+ of cord cutting. Scrolling between Fox, BBC, et. al. I’ve sporadically landed on MSNBC. An interesting alternate reality.
This morrning they have been exploring “Political Tribalism” and are just puzzled beyond belief that despite everything
thrown at Trump Trump has been doing “his base” is sticking with him. There they are, perfectly quaffed by servant folks who make enough to live in New York City, wondering just why all their “insight” and spin is not working and will not work in the next election. The good news is they have recognized that:
a) It isn’t working and will not work. We’re not buying it.
b) Even if Trump was not perfect (or in their spin was so horrible) we saw Hillary as worse. Despite her being “more qualified” and him being “unqualified”… Clearly confusing experience at graft and corruption with experience at leadership and economic acumen.
There is a tiny bit of awareness dawning, even if tepid.
So a bit of advice:
This “Political Tribalism” is 100% the result of actions by “The Left”, often as funded by Soros (or his organizations), and as promoted by all sorts of “progressives”. You have slow walked and then herded us as far as we can go. Once we were against the wall and desperate, well, not a lot of choices. “Break it or fix it”. Hillary would not do either, just exploit it for Tribal Gain for her tribe (rather like Obama did to excess). Trump promised to “Fix it” and we figured he could do that; but if not it would break and “break it” is OK too. What can’t happen in “business as usual”. Then in response “The Left” (Socialists, Progressives, Democrats, “Liberals”) have gone hard core Tribal in refusing to accept the legal election. YOU drew the line in the sand and refused to recognize The President. Not us. BUT we have observed Trump getting jobs growth back, defending American interests, Goring The Ox of Evil Bastards overseas who just see us as a fat pigeon to roast. We’re good with that. He IS fixing it.
If you would like to understand “us”, here’s what you do. Send your maid out to buy some tee shirts with pictures of animals and motorcycles on them, along with some Levi’s (or better yet cheaper knockoffs). Have them washed a dozen times in strong detergent and a bit of bleach to they look used. Put that in a cardboard box. (That’s your “suitcase”…). Have then also pick up some $10 “crocks” knockoffs at Walmart (fly them to Atlanta if find a Walmart, if needed…). No, no socks.
Now that’s your wardrobe.
Next, have your servant buy a 1998 Ford F150 or F250 pickup truck that needs tires & paint. Crew cab if possible as your “luggage” will not survive well in the back if it rains. Put $1000 cash in your pocket and leave your credit cards at home. (Poor folks either don’t have credit cards or they are already full to the limit so useless anyway).
Take a shower using a single bar of soap. No shampoo (rub the soap on your head). No “products”. Pack 2 disposable BIC razors for any shaving needs. One manual toothbrush, and a tube of toothpaste. One pocket comb.
Now, with your $1000 budget (enforced by that being all the cash you have), load your luggage into your pickup truck, load yourself into the driver’s seat, put your spouse and a kid or friend in the truck with you if you like, and drive down to Dollywood.
Now, here’s the hard part, you must buy a ticket for everyone in the truck, and buy all the gas, tires if one wears out, meals on the way, and hotel stops out of that $1000. AND, get home again after the day in the park. This is what “we” deal with all the time. It is called “normal”.
As you reach lower cost areas outside of NYC, find a chain grocery store ( it doesn’t have to be Walmart but they are cheapest, remember your budget…) and buy a loaf of bread, package of processed mystery sandwich meat, and one or two condiments. Remember that mayo doesn’t keep well out of the fridge, so you might want to stick with mustard and ketchup. This is a very workable low cost meal plan for your drive. IF you have extra money (depending on your gas mileage) you might be able to afford a stop at a Taco Bell or Macdonalds ( look for the $1 menu ). Develop a fondness for water as your drink of choice as soda / iced tea is expensive in comparison.
Fill your truck at Truck Stops. As you have cash, not cards, you get to stand in line inside with the regular folks and put your deposit on your pump#, then pump your own gas, then go collect your change. Make small talk with folks along the way. Listen to them. They have showers you can rent if you can’t afford a hotel every night. I think you ought to be able to make it work for $1000, but maybe not. Depends on the cost of gas and hotels on any given trip. Sometimes “we” need to take turns driving through the night while the other driver sleep in the cab. Staying in a hotel is a luxury anyway, and you don’t really need it. IF you do stop in a hotel, I suggest Motel 6. Pretty good for the price. If you go for Best Western or better you will run out of money.
Some times it’s most convenient to just stop at a “Rest Area” and lay down on the bench for a nap. One person can lay out on a bench seat in the cab, but somebody gets to take the concrete. IF you have enough money, consider buying an air mattress (the cheap vinyl kind) at Walmart. Make small talk with folks in the Rest Area as they walk their dogs and / or get maps and just walk off the “bench butt”.
IF you manage your money well, you ought to be able to stop at a BBQ Joint in The South. (There’s a great one not on this route in Haines City Florida named “Sonny’s”. Send an advance man there, and then have them scout out something similar for you to try on your trip. Somewhere where the staff are all wearing old blue jeans and T-shirts, and the folks at the tables look like they change tires for a living.) The food will taste like heaven (IF your advance man did a good job – but frankly after 2 days of baloney sandwiches even the poor BBQ places taste great). I suggest ordering the pulled pork sandwich as it is cheaper than the ribs and you don’t want to get to Dollywood unable to buy your tickets.
Once at Dollywood, figure out how much you spent to get there. Set aside that much from what you have left. That’s your “Gettin’ Home Money”. Guard it jealously, as IF you get it wrong, you don’t get home. At All. Note that if one of your tires is looking very marginal, and you think it might give out on the return trip, you need to add $80 to the Gettin Home Money for a tire. Either that, or nobody eats or sleeps in a hotel on the way home after you buy the cheapest tire possible. OK, the “leftover money” is your vacation. Take out enough for tickets, and the rest is what you get to spend on food, trinkets, drinks, and sleeping accommodations (if any).
Enjoy your vacation.
Then plan and execute your return trip home.
Now, before you get all the way back to NYC, ask yourself this: As you oh so carefully budget your pennies and quarters on this trip, wearing the best cheapest clothes you can afford on typical wages; how do you feel about paying folks $150,000 a year in “Government” for doing stupid things? How do you feel about one of them saying they want you to fork over another $3000 / year so they can give it to 3rd world dictators as “aide” to buy political favor? How do you feel about being told they want your money to be given to illegal immigrants who ought not be here anyway so they can have better accommodations than you just “enjoyed”? How do you feel about being told you get no vacation at all next year as you won’t have that $1000 do do it with? Welcome to MAGA land.
See, your basic problem is your willingness to take money from “Folks like me” and give it to others that YOU think are deserving; when in fact you have no idea what “folks like me” deal with. You subconsciously think that living on a ‘mere’ $1/4 Million / year in NYC is “middle class”. It isn’t. Get out and smell the (cheap) coffee. Feel free to do whatever you want with your $Millions, but keep your sticky fingers off my $1000. I’m making every bit count, and you clearly can’t count at all.
This is not a snide hypothetical. I’ve just done a trip from California to Florida. I left town with $1000 cash. I arrived in Florida with about $550. Of that, a bit over $400 went to register my car ( I was on a “move permit” with expired plates and got to watch for / worry about police the whole way). I’ve put $100 into food and some beer for my hosts as my part of the “4th of July” party on the patio; and thanks for the spare bed.
When I left town, I did it with a loaf of bread, bottle of mustard, package of sandwich meat, and a “flat of water” next to me. I had ONE meal in a restaurant on the way. (Great little Mexican place. Ran me about $12 for some great food. “El Amigo Mexican Grill” where Hwy 11 crosses the freeway, I think it was in Mississippi … I’ll put more accurate location in comments or update here later)
For my return trip, I need to hit up the bank for another $500. I’d originally planned to do the whole thing on the $1000, but the reg was about $200 more than expected and gas prices were not as low outside California as I’d planned on. That $500 means something else needs to be cut when I get home. Oh, and I’ve got some issues with tires…
See, this is The Real World of Real Folks. You ought to visit it some time…