My personal life/job journey 

My childhood is such a weird mix of occasional poverty, incredible racism, and more.

Like, we were on welfare/food stamps a few times. And my father is a high school drop out and ex-felon. He literally had to lie to get jobs where he made roughly $10/hour.

But my dad would work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. We did well enough. My sister and I went to private school. My parents owned a house with a cheap swimming pool in Cleveland, OH.

racism, money, childhood 

We probably could have lived a higher class lifestyle if my father wasn't so racist that he refused to let my sister and I go to what he called the "bad black public schools." So we went to private school, instead.

My parents couldn't really afford to send me to college at all. That's not a thing they could afford. So instead, my sister did not go to college initially and instead worked as a bank teller like my Mom.

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Me... I barely managed to go to college, thanks to obtaining enough scholarships to get a full ride to a relatively local Jesuit college called John Carroll University. Technically, it was *almost* a full ride. I still had some loans, but nothing like most folks.

When I got out of college, I was severely underemployed, basically making the equivalent of $12/hour for a software job.

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And now here I am making an order of magnitude more than that at age 40. I support 4 other queer folks living in my house that have been unemployed or underemployed the entire time they've been here.

I own an airplane and am building a house. I'm doing really well in this capitalism game.

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@pandora_parrot

You are an absolute inspiration! Taking care of your chosen family is the best way to stick it to the system and status quo

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@baronnarcveldt Thanks. As I talk about here, a lot of it is luck and privilege. I also presumably benefited from my father's racism by him using what money we had to send me to private schools. IDK.

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@pandora_parrot

Sure, and it's really cool that you're giving credit where it's due, but a lot of people have privileges like that and don't take time to appreciate it and to avoid taking any of it for granted :)

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