Poor, Poor Pitiful Me

The privelege meme that’s been going around is a real eye-opener.  Not because I learned how priveleged I was growing up, but because, apparently we were underpriveleged.  And I had no idea – I thought we were doing just fine. 

Now, to be fair, some of the questions just don’t apply because I’m an old dude.  NOBODY had computers in their houses when I was a teen.  Flying wasn’t quite as common-place as it is now.  Only the rich had credit cards back then.But, one cool thing. 

The next time someone lazily tells me I’m approaching an argument from a position of privelege, I’ll point them here.  Now, they can claim I have my conservative positions because I was raised po’ white trash.Positive answers are bolded and red.  “Maybes” are italic and gray.  Everything else is negative.  All were as of age 18. 

If your father went to college before you started
If your father finished college before you started
If your mother went to college before you started
If your mother finished college before you started
If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
If your family was the same or higher class than your high school teachers
If you had a computer at home when you were growing up
If you had your own computer at home when you were growing up
If you had more than 50 books at home when you were growing up
If you had more than 500 books at home when you were growing up
If were read children’s books by a parent when you were growing up
If you ever had lessons of any kind as a child or a teen*
If you had more than two kinds of lessons as a child or a teen
If the people in the media who dress and talk like you were portrayed positively**
If you had a credit card with your name on it before college
If you had or will have less than $5000 in student loans when you graduate
If you had or will have no student loans when you graduate
If you went to a private high school
If you went to summer camp***
If you had a private tutor
(US students only) If you have been to Europe more than once as a child or teen
(International question) If you have been to the US more than once as a child or teen
If your family vacations involved staying at hotels rather than KOA or at relatives homes+
If all of your clothing has been new
If your parents gave you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
If there was original art in your house as a child or teen
If you had a phone in your room
If your parent owned their own house or apartment when you were a child or teen****
If you had your own room as a child or teen
If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
If you had your own cell phone in High School
If you had your own TV as a child or teen
If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline
If you ever went on a cruise with your family
If your parents took you to museums and art galleries as a child or teen
If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family++

*I say maybe because I think the meme-makers meant things like piano lessons and other such things.  My brothers and I were expected to be involved in team sports from about age 8.  So, if you want to include basketball, football and baseball, then the answer to this one is yes.  Otherwise, no.

**Southern white males.  In the seventies?  Are you kidding me?  We were the second most portrayed bad guys, right behind Nazis.  Haven’t the meme-makers ever heard of Norman Lear?

***Once again, I think the meme-makers are talking about something entirely different, but I did go to 4-H camp in 4th grade.  It is still one of the greatest memories of my life.  My parent’s bankruptcy came not too long after that, so I always remember it with a tinge of sadness and guilt.

****Between the bankruptcy and my senior year in HS, we lived in apartments or rental houses.  But, there was home ownership for a while.

++Are you kidding me?  My mom would show me the electric bill every time I’d leave the door open for too long.

+They were”motels”,but yeah. 

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Good Eats

Eric at A Pound of Thoughts has tagged me in a food meme:

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the city/state and country you’re in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB(San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata(Saitama, Japan)
Andi(Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Todd (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)
miss kendra(los angeles, california, u.s.a)
Jiggs Casey (Berkeley, CA, USA! USA! USA!)
Tits McGee (New England, USA)
Joe (NE Tennessee, USA)
10K Monkeys (Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA)
Big Stupid Tommy (Athens, Tennessee, USA)
Newscoma(Weakley County, Tennessee, USA)

Eric (George County, Mississippi, USA)

And now me: Slartibartfast (Nashville, TN, USA)

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

Funny, you’ll never be able to tell from this list that I’ve lost 40 lbs this year.  I’m like Bill Clinton at Deja Vu.  Nevertheless, as you’ll soon find out, we’re a very CASUAL family.  No four-star restaurants for us.  The list:

1. Monell’s – If you want to know what Sunday dinner was like at my house growing up, this is the place.  Family style dining (always pass to the left, please), vegetables and sides cooked in true southern fashion.  It’s slowly becoming a chain, but Monell’s will always be in Germantown to me.  Their fried chicken is the closest I’ve ever had to my mom’s (and that includes my own).  If you ever get a chance to go to their 4th of July celebration, do it!  Incredible ribs and chicken, walking to the Jefferson Street Bridge to view the fireworks, followed by dessert and dancing.  I love this place.

2. Calypso Cafe – 5 words: BBQ Chicken Black Bean Nachos. OMG, heaven!  There are several locations in Nashville now (one in Belle Meade near me).  Good Caribbean fare; lots of jerk chicken dishes, which are all very good.  Very affordable and casual.  Good Key lime pie.

3. U.S.Border Cantina – OK, food snobs are going to let me have it for this.  Yes, it’s not as authentic as those places on Nolensville Road, it’s, gasp! Americanised Mexican food.  Well, guess what, I’m American.  So, it appeals to me.  Other Nashvillians might choose Las Palmas because they are so popular here in Nashville, but you just can’t beat the quick service and varied menu at U.S. Border, especially the Bellevue location.  There is a wide variety of vegetarian dishes (although they are by no means vegan). And they have figured out southern sweet tea, their tea can be topped only by that of the Rendezvous in Memphis.  Try the spicy burrito, they’re not kidding, it’s spicy!

4. Loveless Cafe – OK, an easy one.  I ate here way back when it was a hole in the wall cafe in front of a real, working, fleabag motel.  Their ham and biscuits are legendary, and although they’ve gotten kind of uppity lately, they are still the best in town at good old fashioned country breakfast.  What most people don’t know is that their dinner is very good as well.  Standard southern fare (country ham, fried chicken and pork chops), and sides cooked in pork fat (yum!).

5. Bobbie’s Dairy Dip – We’ve eaten all this wonderful food, now it’s time for dessert!  It’s a true dairy dip, so it’s a stretch to call this a restaurant, but they have a few picnic tables around the side.  The soft serve ice cream (especially chocolate dipped) is simply the best you can have.  Sweet and rich, eat it fast before it melts!  They also have lots of fast, junky food that is very good: the hamburgers are excellent, hot dogs, fries, and the like; they are like a much better Sonic.  There’s nostalgia at this place as well: I see the young couples on dates, and it’s neat to remember that I took several dates here in the 80’s and my dad brought my mom here when they were dating as well.

Funny thing is, there are about 10 more I could easily name. No wonder I have a problem with my weight.

So there you have it.  The very sophisticated Kat Coble was also tagged by Eric, so maybe she could provide a few fancier restaurants in Nashville.  Lintilla and I have always been ultra casual; our wedding reception was a hamburger cookout.

 Everybody I know is in Nashville, except for people who have already responded to the meme.  The only people I’m dying to tag are Vol Abroad,  and Lavender Sparkly Amy .  Pregnant women, huh? (one of them due any minute).  When you have time, ladies.

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OK, I’m game

You Are 48% Open Minded
You aren’t exactly open minded, but you have been known to occasionally change your mind.You’re tolerant enough to get along with others who are very different…But you may be quietly judgmental of things or people you think are wrong.You take your own values pretty seriously, and it would take a lot to change them.

Almost open minded enough for my brains to fall out.