I couldn’t find the remote control, or as I call it the Click Click, for my television. I am sure this had nothing to do with the bourbon I had drink, drunken, drank – oh heck, the bourbon I imbibed. But I looked for half an hour for that remote instead of walking a whole two feet to – GOD FORBID – change channels by hand.
And then I realized, that despite all the doom and gloom we hear in the media that we have it pretty good in America. Even in the worse case scenario you can do better than any third world country. I know as I have been there. In my last divorce, I was down to my last dime. But I had an office I rented for $150 a month and I had a place to sleep. There was a bathroom right down the hall and they had an extra large sink, I could wash my hair in. I was able to get cable TV piped into that office for $50 a month and I had a microwave and a coffee -maker
I didn’t want the janitors to know I was sleeping in my office as that is frowned upon, but I had a van, which was old and dented and cost me $400. But even on a cold Minnesota night I could curl up under five blankets brought at Wal-Mart for less than $50 bucks and be quite warm. When the janitors left, I could go into my office with no worries, as anyone arriving at the office the next day would assume I was a go-getter and always arrived early. In fact, one office tenant said to me, ” I don’t know who works harder – you or me – you are always here before me.”
And when it couldn’t get worse, my wife, who I gave six houses, kicked my son out and he lived in the office with me. Then one of his homeless friends moved in with us and we had three people sleeping in a tiny office.
Does that sound like hell? No – we were still living better than many people in the world. Over 1.1 billion people do not have clean drinking water. We did. All we had to do was walk down the hallway, turn on the drinking fountain and there was all the clean water we needed – for FREE!
Look, we lived in America and the worse case scenario, and we were living it, was that we would go hungry like over 800 million people in the world do everyday. No Way! Again the worse case scenario was that we were down to our last ten bucks but we could buy Top Ramen, Spaghetti and Sauce , bags of pop corn, day old bread, peanut butter and jelly and eat like kings all week.
Do you know that over a billion people in the world cannot read? Yet, every night in my small office, I could read a book. Do you know that over 2.4 billion people in the world lack basic sanitation. That means that every night they go to the bathroom in the bushes,
But wait, here I am , basically hanging on to a bare bones lifestyle and I could still walk down the hallway and go to a nice, clean bathroom. For $150 a month. Look, and I promise this is the last depressing stat – but 1.4 million children die each year because they cannot get clean water or proper sanitation. That sucks! I know of no other way of saying it.
The point is we have very little to bitch about in America. I was down and out and still had clean water, food and a place to sleep. So America, relax. If your biggest worry is paying the cell phone or cable bill, put that in perspective. Over one billion people in the world would love to have that kind of worry.
America, it’s not such a bad place after all.