July 30th, 2012, 11:01 pm

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daviddoesntgetit July 30th, 2012, 10:50 pm

Anonymous:

"Brad, what did you think of David when you first met him? Did you decide that you wanted to be friends right away, or what? "

Hey, even I learned something new about Brad. Congrats.

On another note, my favorite thing rich people say. "Well, why don't you just become successful?"

Both Brad and I went through bankruptcy, hahaha. Except in my situation, right before our dad filed for bankruptcy, we hired a Vietnamese exorcist to go around our house and look for bad luck. Apparently Miriam's turtles were bad luck so we had to dump them, and so was this old poster I had as a kid of a jungle scene with lions and zebras and shit so he said we had to get rid of it.

It's actually in my apartment right now and I kept it out of the fact that I thought that guy was bullshit and I was upset he wanted to get rid of our turtles, hahaha.

How rich is the area around Brad? Well, Brad's adjacent to a county called McLean and there's a high school there where the student parking lots are filled with Mercedes and Lexus and BMWs and the teacher's parking lot is full of Toyotas and Hondas.

The two of us could keep talking about rich people for awhile.

In any case, almost didn't update in time 'cause Connor just came back from his two month school trip in Guatemala.

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Isabelle July 30th, 2012, 11:40 pm

Ooh! I want to know about Connor's trip! :D

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Angel_Sin July 31st, 2012, 12:05 am

I've lived in No. Virginia all my life, too, and my high school had a lot of kids from rich families. I'd go to their house for a birthday party and it'd be massive and would have a mini-theater in the basement, and they all treated it like the norm. Had a hard time hiding how much it shocked me, sometimes.

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Jump July 31st, 2012, 2:18 pm

My friends rant to me about their problems all the time. I've never really had the urge to tell them about mine.

Well one time I did... I just made my friend feel crappy for complaining about something so much less terrible than what I was going through... I honestly didn't mean too -.-'

To tell you the truth, I never felt like any of the stuff I went through was that bad.

(poor unlucky turtles)

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roxjey July 31st, 2012, 7:41 pm

wow,
thats a best friend for you

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daviddoesntgetit July 31st, 2012, 7:42 pm

@Isabelle: Haha, sure thing.

@Angel_Sin: That is exactly what all of Brad's friends were like, hahahaha. Thye all had huge and he had to hide his shock too.

I apparently lacked tact so I ended up just saying it anyways. "Holy shit, your house is so fucking huge! You must be rich!" I had no idea that was rude.

@Jump: Haha. That's the funny thing, you don't mean to and then the entire affair is awkward.

Yeah. I miss having turtles. They smelled like shit but they were relaxing to have around.

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daviddoesntgetit July 31st, 2012, 7:43 pm

@roxjey: Who, Brad? Ugh, this is uncomfortable to talk about, hahaha.

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IEatTacosForDinner August 1st, 2012, 12:41 am

You guys make up a beautifully awkward friendship... Reminds me of my own group (:

Also-there's no such thing as too relaxing haha.

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Odd1out (Guest) August 1st, 2012, 4:06 pm

"So. You can't go to the party tomorrow?"
"Um. No."


Sorry, but the utter obliviousness behind that rich guy's statement makes me...laugh and facepalm at the same time. I'm sorry, Brad and David.
Just the overall atmosphere and tone of that conversation...it's just priceless. Like something that'd I'd hear from a television show, my god. *Laughs*

And, it's a damn shame how the different economic classes tends tend to be so segregated from one another. Maybe it's just me, but I notice how a lot of television shows dealing with rich people. Ugh. All of it really just gives people an incomplete picture of the reality.

And, it definitely sucks to be "the friend that's lacking money." I definitely can relate to being the one that's missing out; or, feeling like some tool after taking it for granted that a friend had the same funds that I do. The number of activities one can do by yourself and with others becomes much more limited...which leaves both parties feeling awkward.
Thank god, for good conversations. Those are always free! *Grins*

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P.S (to David): I still find it funny how Brad's described you as somebody that would beat him up! *Laughs* That makes a fun, first impression!

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THEAuthor August 1st, 2012, 5:36 pm

Haha, I concur. Were I live, everyone is poor, and those who aren't got it through hard hard work and don't flaunt it. I went up to a camp I busted my buttocks saving for in Virginia when I was 14. Kid's were forging friendships on the hardships of ketchup stains on designer clothing and I was staring at my shirt and thinking "I wonder if church donation bin counts as a brand." XD
Hahaha, good times.

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Me: As Broke as a Joke

Mavi (Guest) August 2nd, 2012, 3:41 pm

Brad, I can sympathize with how you must've felt back in high school. X__x;;;
Since it's just my mom raising me and my brothers, there's only so much a high schooler is allowed to experience. .___.;;; Out of my friends that found part-time jobs, we use our paychecks to help our families pay for apartment rents. We hardly go anyplace for fun, unless you count the nearest gas stations and small boring businesses. X____X;
We often just ride our bikes or take the city buses to each other's apartments and chill there. It's fun, but it also gets kinda old sometimes. T___T;;; Hopefully once I save aside enough money, I'll finally get myself a car and drive my friends anywhere they want. LIKE A ROADTRIP!!! \*A*/

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oh man

erika (Guest) August 3rd, 2012, 10:53 pm

i live in virginia
i go to mclean high school

oh man

im not sure if youre referring to mclean hs or langely hs here though

i want to say i know what you mean about the rich, but at the same time im pretty well off and i feel like that would somehow end up coming across as pretentious

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daviddoesntgetit August 7th, 2012, 1:55 pm

@IEatTacosForDinner: Haha, if things get too relaxing, I get too anxious about working on projects. So for me there is.

@Odd1out: Haha, what conversation? The one between Brad and rich-guy? Now that you say it, I can imagine exactly how it'd be cut and filmed. Over the shoulder, shot reverse shot, cut after Brad's reaction. Hahaha. This is fun.

Yeah. It's interesting how television is meant to reflect our lives but then again, a good portion of telelvision deals with rich people because partially they realize how absurd they are, like My Sweet 16, Real Housewives of ____, but sometimes it also reflects just the kind of people those people know about. Which is why I feel like celebrity jokes are a popular thing as it is a part of their lives. It's partially an inside joke but also one that can be shared with the viewers due to the existence of the society pages, or more relevant to modern times, tabloids.

Haha, I agree that finding friends that don't require much beyond being in each other's company is quite a blessing. Brad would tell me how he'd have friends that won't to go bar hopping but not understanding that he doesn't have money for it. They were people who the second they ran out of money in their bank account, their parents would put money in.

I am a little shocked Brad said I looked like I'd beat him up. Haha.

@THEAuthor: Haha, yeah. There's also a saying in our family about how only the poor do charity work or readily give their money away.

Haha! Yeah. Wearing clothes donated to the church. I remember you'd want to get there early or you'd be stuck with the dirties crap. Ah well, you're right though. Good times.

@mavi: Ah, that sounds rough. I understand, gas stations. You saying all that reminds me why teenagers loiter so much. Hahaha. Good luck in saving your money! I hope you have fun on your road trip.

I remember once Brad and I decided to just drive down the coast without any directions whatsoever. We got horribly lost, it was somehow incredibly difficult to reach the coast, but it was fun once we got there, haha.

@erika: Haha, do you? Well then hey! We were talking about Langley.

Aw, it's not pretentious. If you recognize some of the absurdities, how bad a person can you be? Trust me, I'm considered well off now myself. Our family has a beach house at Bethany beach, most people have a six figure salary now, most family members have mansions. Then again that's my mother's side of the family. Haha.

Since I was poor growing up here, I fail to recognize how rich this place is sometimes, haha. i.r. a girl in high school had a boyfriend that dumped her so her dad bought her a jaguar.

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erika (Guest) August 7th, 2012, 3:20 pm

a lot of really rich kids go to langely, including one of my friends who used to attend mclean but moved to great falls. she lives in this gigantic house with a pool and all the houses around hers have statues and fountains and gardens and just. everything.

i tried not to be like, 'woah youre really rich jesus' but i failed spectacularly and her mom seemed to take it as a compliment, so its all good i guess.

well, im glad you dont think so. i didnt wanna come across as a major asshole, you know? im pretty sure out of my entire family my parents make the most money, maybe aside from family wealth in texas. when we moved here i was little and my dad was freaking out because the house was so expensive (at the time it seemed like an insane amount of money).

that sounds like one of my friends. in middle school on her birthday she got her own car. she wont even be able to drive it until next year, and she got it years ago.

its insane that yall live so close. i feel like, 'woah an artist i really admire lives around here thats crazy'. its like talking to a celebrity or something.

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jonasfx August 7th, 2012, 6:24 pm

that the same assignment that you got a low score on from the teacher because she didn't think it realistic that a mother would hurt her kid like that?

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daviddoesntgetit August 15th, 2012, 2:05 pm

@erika: Hahahahaha, I absolutely do the same thing. Every time I go to a friend's house I can't help but say, "Holy shit, this place is huge! You must be rich!"

Which, apparently, isn't tactful. I think the issue of money gets more touchy as you get older.

Haha, your dad was shocked? Yeah, we had family that wanted to move here recently but just couldn't because of the cost. A lot of people seem to be moving here lately with all the luxury condos they're building. Everyone that's been living here doesn't seem to like it, haha. Just too much development, and Connor and Miriam are angry at them cutting down trees where deers live.

Man. I also knew people that got a car before they could drive. Hahahaha, I like how this can be considered part of the experience living here.

Haha, I am definitely not a celebrity. But thanks.

@jonasfx: Yeah, it's the same assignment, good memory!

Man. I hate writing.

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Such and Such November 19th, 2012, 9:32 pm

Sweet, like cake! And Brad's right, rich people know less sorrow (or none at all) than most people. But rich friends are convenient!