Originally Posted by Cormorant
Was all that before or after you inherited the $500,000 from your grandmother?
I've made my own way through life, with only grudging financial support from my mother, and none but court ordered child support from my father.
I worked my way first through community college, then through (state) college after dropping out of highschool, borrowed the maximum allowed at the time from the federal government
, then was accepted into and graduated with honors from a "5 year" undergraduate architecture program run by sadists that only accepted one 1 out of 8 applicants, and then proceeded to fail 90% of those they did accept over those 5 years.
1/2 of my potential graduating class was failed after presenting thier thesis to the faculty jury.
Because, "hey, if you dont like it, there are 8 guys lined up for your spot - go ahead, throw in the towel"
I started with 160 others in 1986 and graduated in 1992 with just 15 of them, several of whom went on to graduate school
at Harvard, Columbia
, Yale, and UCLA.
I then went to work for a series of greedy lowlife Architects (Bad economies reward such scum with ongoing work for some reason) completed my internship requirements, then spent the next 7 years studying for and ultimately passing the California
Architecture Board exams in 1999, but not before paying off all my credit card debt and student loans on a salary that averaged less than $15.00 per hour over 7 years.
My first job after 8 years of higher education paid $12.50 per hour. Without health insurance
, vacations, sick pay, retirement
, social security
contributions, or overtime compensation from my employer.
I was classified as "salary" and had to document a minimum of 6000 hours of "internship" with such lowlifes to qualify for my final license
The whole time I was paying off my loans and studying finance, determined to escape the trap. And after I mailed that last $1500 payment to the good people at Visa, I started carefully investing that extra $1500 per month I had in mutual funds.
And I parleyed those investments into a down-payment on a 560 square foot Santa Monica condominium that everyone assured me in 2000 was horribly over-priced. I contributed the maximum allowable to things like employer 401k plans and IRAs, and while my co-workers bought new cars and enormous, ugly tract homes they couldnt afford, I drove the same beat-up 1983 Nissan
pickup truck I'd purchased used for $3500 in 1987, replacing the transmission
once, and installing a new head-gasket in the driveway of my appartment building when that blew.
I sold the Honda
Civic I replaced it with in 2009 after buying
the motorcycle I now commute on.
And I sold the crackerbox condominium I'd paid $180k for in 2000 for $375k in October, thus freeing me forever from wage slavery.
So, yea, I inherited that 1/2 million, but only after fighting harder than a greedy old freeloading blind land-lubber wild-cat fights the USCG in civil court making my own fortune.
....And I dont get a nickel of that 1/2 million, or the principal of another much larger trust fund until mother nature finally dispatches the father that abandoned me when I was teenager, along with his sister who tried to screw me out of my inheretence when my sweet grandmother passed away.
There is absolutely no gaurantee I'll ever get any of it - first, I have to outlive my paternal next of kin.
I'd start an educational scientific foundation dedicated to debunking the junk science and quackery of celebrity nincompoops like Jenny McCarthy and Oprah with the proceeds, but frankly, I've come to believe that science and reason are no match for a nice set of t*ts when it comes to popular opinion:
"A study found 24% of parents placed "some trust" in information on vaccine safety
from celebrities like Jenny McCarthy."
So I'll probably just spend that money
in 3rd world whorehouses where it will have more of a positive social impact.
But not before having those adorable little whores sign a contract
stating they promise never to write an promote a best selling book on Oprah about how they cured autism with a combination of laetril, celation therapy, bare assed spanking, circumcision, DMSO, faith-healing, and snake handling revivals.
Well, at least not until after they earn a PHD or better in Molecular Biology and publish the effecacy of thier treatment protocol via randomised double blind studies published in a peer reviewed scientific journal like "Nature".
I might even pay thier way through college if thier bare assed spanking grant proposal is convincing enough.
And since I have a college education, I'm at least as qualified as Jenny McCarthy to mouth off about Autism. Having a child with the disorder doesnt make you an expert anymore than having cancer makes you an oncologist.
To think it does is misguided and dangerous.
Your child is different, So what?
Love and accept your children as they are - dont try to force them into some model of normalicy. No one tries to "fix" children with Downs Syndrome.
Love, compassion, and acceptance.
If you read carefully you might find out what my blog is really about.