When I went into my last 4 years of higher education I was kinda poor. Your bird house story (about the old birdhouse that fell down) reminded me that we lived in an apartment house in the Watts area of Los Angeles (Remember the Watts Riots---It was the only thing on TV for what seemed like months). The apartment house was so old and decrepit that it had been moved to this poorer neighborhood. We don't mention that it had been moved once before that because it was to old and decrepit for that neighborhood.
It did give me a roof and many FOND MEMORIES.
First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.