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Have you ever been so broke that it became fodder for an anecdote or family story? I have.
Flashback to 1986. This is the period of time before my wedding. We were living in Manchester, New Hampshire. My fiance (now husband) was working a job that paid minimum wage. At that time I was doing a little door to door encyclopedia sales. Damn little, actually. I only ever sold one set. Anyway. Back in those days money was always tight. Some months were easier then others. Heck, some weeks were easier then others. I did all of our shopping for a week on $20. I can remember those foods like it was yesterday. Typical meals would be pasta ($0.50 to $1 depending on if we were using sauce or butter), frozen chicken patties ($1 for a package of four), hot dogs ($0.50, no buns used), and similar foods. One month was especially brutal. We found ourselves with no gas, which meant no heat. The husband came home on a December night and found me sitting in the kitchen, wrapped in a blanket with my feet on the open oven door. Our conversation turned to dinner. We had no food. I don’t mean that in the same way that my 17 year old says it now. I mean we actually had no food. All we had in the apartment was popcorn and butter. So that became dinner. And lunch the next day, and dinner again. It went on for four days, we ate nothing but popcorn. Finally payday came and we were able to buy some pasta. Sometimes now, even to this day, if money is really tight and the conversation of what’s for dinner comes up, he will say “as long as it isn’t popcorn.” And we laugh, remembering the days that we were just two broke newlyweds.
Two broke newlyweds. Two best friends as well. Two broke best friends.
Recently I learned about the CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls“. It’s a show about two broke girls that become friends.
2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about the unlikely friendship that develops between two very different young women who meet waitressing at a diner in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and form a bond over their dream of one day owning their own successful cupcake business. Only one thing stands in their way – they’re broke. Sarcastic, street-smart Max Black met the sophisticated, school-smart Caroline Channing when the uptown trust fund princess was having a run of bad luck due to her father’s Wall Street scandal, which caused her to lose all her money and forced her to give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as an entitled rich girl, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she visualizes a lucrative future for them and they begin to save money to reach their start-up money goal of $250,000. As the girls’ cupcake tally expands week-to-week, they become closer to their goal and to each other. At the diner they are surrounded by their offbeat, colorful “work family”: Oleg, an overly flirtatious cook; Earl, a hip 75-year-old cashier; Han, the eager-to-please owner of the diner; and Sophie, the girls’ outrageous upstairs neighbor. As Max and Caroline climb toward their goal, we see that their “smarts” plus their “hearts” might just be the recipe for success.
2 Broke Girls has now moved to a NEW TIME – Mondays at 8:30/7:30 c on CBS.
Do you have an “I was so broke that…” story in your past that you can share?
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