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Dalrymple moment - Elf M. Sternberg
Dalrymple moment
They rented, not bought, the house. They have a very expensive, very large big red Dodge truck with what looks like a enclosed motorcycle trailer, almost the same color. They're in their late 20's, and they have five children. The two-year-old roams the street, unsupervised. The children, unkempt, apparently unwashed for several days in a row, seem almost desperate to make friends with those next door.

Yesterday, a big blue truck with Rent-A-Center came up the road. They unpacked a big stereo system and a huge wall-mounted plasma television.

Their regular friends drive a beat-up Kawasaki motorcycle, the rider cheaply armored if at all, and a totally cherried Nissan ricer, low to the ground with a sweet glossly-blue-and-logo paint job that must have cost a fortune.

Meet my new neighbors.

Actually, I haven't met any of the adults yet, but from what I've seen, things aren't promising. There's something about the Rent-A-Center television and the five children that makes me feel like I'm having a Darlyrmple moment. It might take a while for me to figure out if they're happy people or not, but I expect not. A six-thousand dollar rental television, an expensive truck and a rental home, indicates a deep-rooted expectation of instant gratification, the deprivation of which would be construed as suffering. "Much modern suffering has a distinct flavor of self-infliction. I am not talking now of the physical illnesses that derive from habits such as smoking, but rather of the chronic suffering caused by not knowing how to live, or rather by imagining that life can be lived as an entertainment, as an extended video, as nothing but a series of pleasures of the moment."

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From: technoshaman Date: June 29th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great article in the link.

What does "cherried" mean?
elfs From: elfs Date: June 29th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Expensively restored to near-perfect condition," according to the Urban Dictionary.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
A cherried car is one that has been highly and expensively customized by its owner.
mothball_07 From: mothball_07 Date: June 29th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is my suspicion that this is a *specific* new neighbor accurate? If so, congrats that it's a rental... that probably bodes well.
elfs From: elfs Date: June 29th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, not those neighbors. They're down the block. The neighbors mentioned above are right next door. Omaha and I are thinking of moving. Rentals tend to get trashed, and a trashed neighborhood is not good for property values. Neither are third runways.
mothball_07 From: mothball_07 Date: June 29th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ouch.. sorry to hear that. Maybe you have some nice equity and can get into something else while the rates are still good... :) Could be if you have an equity evaluation you look at each other and think "Holy Toledo... let's go!"

[I'm just being a pollyanna because my bitchy side is threatening to take over lately.]
solarbird From: solarbird Date: June 29th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)


...Kenmore's turned out to be nice. ^_^
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elfs From: elfs Date: June 29th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Airport expansion. Closer to us. Noisier. And we're just outside the noise abatement zone where the city will provide free soundproofing. Not that that matters in the summer.
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: June 30th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Moving would not be a bad contemplation, especially *before* the runway goes in. They're not allowed to fly between midnight and 6am at MSP, and planes don't really bother me much anyway, but neighbors are a lot harder to ignore. Also you'd want to move before they trash the house, which I'd imagine would make your house harder to sell.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: June 30th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
My parents had five kids in their late twenties.

HOWEVER, we were kept scrupulously clean, good manners were enforced in the presence of strangers, guests, and neighbors. Instead of rental houses and riced red trucks, they would buy the house we would live in, and then we would rebuild the house from the inside out (sort of the opposite of trashing it, I guess.)

slfisher From: slfisher Date: June 30th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I once didn't date a guy who was otherwise appealing because I visited his house and he had a giant screen tv and *no books*.
riverheart From: riverheart Date: June 30th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't date someone like that, either. Yuck!
gipsieee From: gipsieee Date: June 30th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)

more homework

Thanks for the Darlyrmple link. I quite enjoyed the article and will be reading quite a bit more of his work in the near future.
His article expressed a set of beliefs that I largely agree with in the medical arena (that the doctors can't help someone until they are willing to help themself), but which I am willing (perhaps even eager) to question when it comes to the issue of social welfare and safety nets.
I think I need to go question some of my assumptions. This should interact very interestingly with the economics class that I started yesterday.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: June 30th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: more homework

If those are the areas that you want to question him in, you will find him more than a little challenging and painful to read. Part of his subtext is that one CANNOT seperate "the medical" from "the social" from "the family". They are all of the same cloth, and all mirror each other.
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