Overboard kitchens - sociopolitical, nostaglia, funnies
Thought I should take my own suggestion and attempt to move some of the Overboard Kitchens conversation over here. I actually appreciate the different directions that thread took, however I believe the Conversations page is a better home for it.
So...the class thing. Funny how we think our country is a classless society. No pun intended! Anyway, compared to other parts of the world, I'll agree that we have more upward and downward mobility but we definitely do have classes. I look at my family, 2 generations ago on both sides of my family and my dhs family, they were working class people with small 2 br, 1100-1400 sf, 1 bathroom homes that they raised families in, built or did most of the work on themselves, and live(d) in as long as they could. They were plumbers, mechanics, etc. They had one income and one car. Their ambition for their kids was education, good secure jobs and moralilty/religion. I consider that they were middle class even though I know money got tight, they had the necessities and paid for vacations, college, etc.
My generation, on the other hand, considers the homes of my grandparents to be starter homes if they'd consider them at all. 2000 sf seems to be the norm, even small in some circles. Each kid has their own room, maybe even their own TV. Our priorities are still college and a good career for our kids, along with plenty of enriching experiences (sports, dance, music, art, etc.) Our education system is almost entirely geared towards college prep. Plumbing, manufacturing, 'blue collar' jobs are hardly on the radar screen for our kids, as far as I can tell. Too bad, plumbing seems like a more secure and more profitable line of work these days, as oppposed to, say, software engineering.
Oh crap, I've lost my point somewhere.... I guess it was that I observe that we've just about doubled the standard of living for the middle class in 2 generations. In doing so, we've made personal debt acceptable, dual income households common and 'carpe diem' a rallying cry.
This is a broad generalization. I recognize that there are strong frugal and simplicity movements (unfortunately for me, I'm not participating in them, LOL.) I also happen to think that we have industries that rely on illegal immigrants because the US society is not geared towards raising our kids to be laborers. Don't flame me for that one please, I'm sure I could have said it more tactfully if I had more time.
For all its faults, I wouldn't want to live in any other country, at any other time, than this one.