Hoc Est Qui Sumus (discoflamingo) wrote,
Hoc Est Qui Sumus

I editorialized - it's ***like*** a post.

Spoiled Meme (Incidentally, I would say I was spoiled as a child, but I'm batting .500 on this one)

If you have more than 40, you're spoiled.

Do you have:
(1) your own cell phone
( ) a television in your bedroom
( ) an iPod
( ) a photo printer
( ) your own phone line
( ) TiVo or a generic digital video recorder
(2) high-speed internet access
( ) a surround sound system in bedroom
(3) DVD player in bedroom (It's also the computer, stupid)
(4) at least a hundred DVDs (damn you Joss Whedon . . . DAMN YOU!)
( ) a childfree bathroom (WHAT THE HELL, DUDE? If there were children in my bathroom, it would be like finding really big ants or something. I'm guessing you mean "master bathroom" or some crap. So, no.)
( ) your own in-house office
( ) a pool
( ) a guest house
( ) a game room
( ) a queen-size bed or larger
( ) a stocked bar
( ) a working dishwasher (I don't own it, and it doesn't always work so hot. So, um, NO)
( ) an icemaker (That's what a freezer does, idiot)
( ) a working washer and dryer (It comes with the apartment - I don't own it, but it only takes $1.50US to do a load)
( ) more than 20 pairs of shoes (Sorry - I'm having trouble with six [if you count the slippers])
( ) at least ten things from a designer store (Thinkgeek.com is not a designer store, is it?)
( ) expensive sunglasses
( ) framed original art (not lithographs or prints)
( ) Egyptian cotton sheets or towels
( ) a multi-speed bike
( ) a gym membership
( ) large exercise equipment at home
( ) your own set of golf clubs
( ) a pool table
( ) a tennis court
( ) local access to a lake, large pond, or the sea
( ) your own pair of skis
(5) enough camping gear for a weekend trip in an isolated area (I will mark this down, but it's problematic, since I don't really need all that much stuff other than food. I've camped with less)
( ) a boat
( ) a jet ski
( ) a neighborhood committee membership
( ) a beach house or a vacation house/cabin
(6) wealthy family members (Not "Sir, I'd like to buy this hotel" wealthy, but my dad is a doctor)
( ) two or more family cars
( ) a walk-in closet or pantry
( ) a yard
( ) a hammock
( ) a personal trainer
(7) good credit (Agreeing with Hilabeans on this one - how does this one mean that you're spoiled?)
( ) expensive jewelry (Yeah, it's all made from famous cows)
( ) a designer bag that required being on a waiting list to get
( ) at least $100 cash in your possession right now (I don't carry cash)
( ) more than two credit cards bearing your name (Only the one, thankfully)
(9) a stock portfolio (I will count the Roth IRA on this one)
(10) a passport (expired when I was 15, but it has served as my SSN replacement for every I-9 in-between)
( ) a horse
( ) a trust fund (either for you or created by you)
( ) private medical insurance
( ) a college degree, and no outstanding student loans (Still have the loans. Hoo boy, do I still have the loans)

Do you:
( ) shop for non-needed items for yourself (like clothes, jewelry, electronics) at least once a week
(11) do your regular grocery shopping at high-end or specialty stores (Regular grocery shopping is the organic section of Cub. I think this can count.)
( ) pay someone else to clean your house, do dishes, or launder your clothes (not counting dry-cleaning)
( ) go on weekend mini-vacations
( ) send dinners back with every flaw
( ) wear perfume or cologne (not body spray)
( ) regularly get your hair styled or nails done in a salon
( ) have a job but don't need the money OR
( ) stay at home with little financial sacrifice
(12) pay someone else to cook your meals (I eat out more than I should)
( ) pay someone else to watch your children or walk your dogs
( ) regularly pay someone else to drive you taxis
( ) expect a gift after you fight with your partner

Are you:
( ) an only child
( ) married/partnered to a wealthy person
( ) baffled/surprised when you don't get your way

Have you:
( ) been on a cruise
(13) traveled out of the country
(14) met a celebrity (Incidentally, Newt Gingrich has a handshake like an impotent fish. And it should be noted for the record that Russ Feingold is pure sweetness and light. Dave Obey? Not really a celebrity, but if you live in the US, he's probably the reason your state got any money at all in highway money. I also asked Michael Moore a really hard question when I was 18. It was hot.)
( ) been to the Caribbean
(15) been to Europe
( ) been to Hawaii
(16) been to New York (On a choir trip to sing in the UN lobby and at Jewish retirement homes. I'm not kidding - we went to three, including a retirement home for Jewish Vietnam Veterans)
( ) eaten at the space needle in Seattle
(17) been to the Mall of America (We call it the Death Maul, you fucking tourist)
(18) been on the Eiffel tower in Paris (But I had to save that baby)
( ) been on the Statue of Liberty in New York (As per hilabeans - to the island, but they weren't letting people up in the statue)
( ) moved more than three times because you wanted to
( ) dined with local political figures
( ) been to both the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast (Still missing a stat point in the form of a  Pacific coast token so I can close out the Los Angeles level)

Did you:
( ) go to another country for your honeymoon
( ) hire a professional photographer for your wedding or party
(19) take riding or swimming lessons as a child (They were free in our city, you presumptious git)
(20) attend private school (Macalester is a private school, and I am reminded of that fact every time I pay my bills)
( ) have a Sweet 16 birthday party thrown for you (yeah, but it was mostly people throwing glittery crap at me in the hallway at lunch, and there were no ponies. Those fuckers.)

Privilege Meme (from lady_babalon, via sophiaserpentia - yup, still priveleged. But it's always good to maintain awareness and examine behavior)

She writes, "No value judgements on what any of this means about you, but if you can check off more than 40 of these, you are better off than most people on the planet, and may evaluate that fact as you feel appropriate."

In your childhood:
(1) Did your biological father live with you most of the time?
(2) Did your biological mother live with you most of the time?
(3) Did your parents stay married until you were 18?
( ) If divorced, did your parents come to an amicable settlement over who would have primary custody of you?
( ) If your parents divorced/never married, did your non-custodial parent pay child support in a timely manner?
(4) Did you always live with at least one biological parent?
(5) Did you always have adequate food in your house?
(6) Did you have access to medical care?
(7) Did you have good health, all of your limbs, completely ambulatory, etc.?
(8) Were you considered of average or above average intelligence?
(9) Was your home a safe place where you were not abused physically, mentally, or sexually?
(10) Did you have the same family home throughout at least 75% of your childhood?
(11) Did you live in the same town throughout your entire childhood?
( ) Did you have at least one living grandparent who was accesible to you throughout your elementary school years?
(12) Did you have an outdoor place to play on a regular basis? (Either your own yard or a nearby playground)
( ) Did you have a best friend for most of your childhood?
(13) Did you have other kids near your own age to play with on a regular basis?
(14) Did you live in a place where you did not have a reasonable fear of being hurt in an ongoing war or terrorist attack?
(15) Was your childhood mostly free of hardships arising from your race, nationality or religion?
(16) Was your childhood (including teen years) mostly free of hardships arising from your sex, gender expression, or sexual orientation?

(17) Did you attend school past the age of 16?
(18) Did you graduate from high school?
(19) Did you have any post secondary schooling?
(20) Did you obtain a degree or professional job certification of some kind?
(21) Did you have help from your parents in paying at least half of your post secondary school expenses?
( ) Are you finished paying (or do not have) any student loans? (Counts only if you went to college)

Employment, money, and living situations:
(22) Have you been employed for most of your adult, non-school attending life?
(23) Have you been paid a living wage for most of the employment you have had?
(24) Do you enjoy your current job?
( ) Do you feel you have a career?
( ) Do you have a plan for your career that involves a reasonable plan of improvement?
(25) Do you have a retirement fund?
(26) Do you have a plan that will actually enable you to retire without being impoverished?
(27) Are you living above the poverty line?
(28) Could you be considered middle class based on your income?
( ) Could you be considered upper class based on your income?
(29) Do you have a roof over your head?
( ) Do you own your home?
(30) In the past year, have you had all your utilities in continuous operation because you can afford to pay the bills? (Forgetting to send in the check doesn't count!)
(31) In the past year, have you always had a bank account balance in the black? (i.e. never bounced a check?)
(32) Do you have good credit?
(33) Do you own a car?
( ) Do you own a car less than a year old?
( ) Do you regularly replace your car with a new car?
(34) Do you have indoor plumbing and all the standard fixtures? (Shower/bath, sink, working toilet)
(35) Do you have a working telephone?
(36) Do you have working versions of all the standard kitchen appliances - refrigerator, stove, oven?
(37) Do you have "convenience" appliances such as a dishwasher, microwave oven, washer, dryer? (1 point each)
(38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47) Do you have any of the following "luxury" appliances/electronic devices (1 point each): DVD player; VCR; CD player; Surround Sound; MP3 player; iPod; television; personal computer; printer; cell phone; Digital camera; Professional film-based camera; Palm Pilot; Other
(48) Do you have relatives who have the means and the inclination to help you financially should you fall on hard times?
( ) Do you pay someone else to clean your house, do dishes, or launder your clothes (not counting dry-cleaning)?
( ) Do you pay someone else to watch your children while you are not working?

Travel and leisure:
(49) Do you travel for pleasure between 50-100 miles from your home at least twice a year?
(50) Do you travel for pleasure over 100 miles from your home for pleasure at least once a year?
(51) Have you ever visited another country?
(52) Have you ever visited a far away country?
(53) Have you visited more than 3 foreign countries?
( ) Do you speak more than one language fluently?
(54) Do you have easy access to a safe outdoor space with trees, wildlife, body of water, where you can exercise and relax?

Family and relationships:
( ) Are you currently in a stable, happy long term romantic relationship?
( ) If single, is this a choice you have made with which you are happy?
(55) Do you have at least one close friend you can turn to in times of trouble?
(56) Do you have five or more friends with whom you can regularly visit?
( ) Do you have local family members with whom you get along?
(57) Do you have any living family with whom you get along?
( ) Do you have a religious or social club/community which serves as a source of emotional support for you?
( ) If you wanted children, do you have them?

If you have children:
( ) Are you still partnered (married, living together) with the other parent of your child?
( ) Does your other partner (whether or not it is the child's bio parents) do 50% or more of child care duties?
( ) Are you able to see your child on a regular basis, if your child's other parent has custody?
( ) Do you receive child support from your child's absent parent, if applicable?

(58) Are you currently in a state of physical health well enough that you do not expect to die from illness within the next five years?
(59) Are you currently in a state of acceptable physical health, without any severe chronic illnesses which prevent you from walking, working, or living without continual severe pain?
( ) Are you currently in a state of good or excellent physical health, without any chronic illnesses serious enough to keep you from being active?
( ) Are you in a state of good mental health, i.e., you do not have schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, PTSD, depression, etc.?
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