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    How Poor Were You?

    When I was a kid we were so poor our family used to sit on the front porch and crack our knuckles so that the neighbors would think we could afford walnuts.



    Sorry...ran across that line tonight on another site and had to share it. I'm sure you've got others to add.
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    When I was little, my family was soooo poor...

    On Sunday morning, after church, our parents used to take us to the ice cream parlor, to watch people eat ice cream!

    THAT is how poor we were when I was little...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post

    Sorry...ran across that line tonight on another site and had to share it. I'm sure you've got others to add.
    I came in here to use that same line, you didn't happen to find it on a site where the members make really weird comments, photo shop everything in site, with tons of references to pirates, the LOL kitten and lord knows what else? And run buy a beer drinking book writing man named Drew.

    on a side note.
    I'm so poor I can't pay attention!

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    Well growing up in Canada, I got to jump in here........

    When I was little we were so poor we hade one winter jacket, and we had to share it walking to school
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    We were so poor, when I was a kid I had to put penny candy on lay-a-way.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Charles Simic had one of the best of these:

    "We were so poor I had to take the place of the bait in the mousetrap. All alone in the cellar, I could hear them pacing upstairs, tossing and turning in their beds. “These are dark and evil days,” the mouse told me as he nibbled my ear."

    wow, you can even hear him read it now...

    http://music.barnesandnoble.com/sear...isc=3&track=20

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    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 06-24-2007 at 04:02 PM.

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    We were so poor that dad worked on the WPA along the railroads.
    He use to take a super big tub and tie it to his belt and drag the tub.

    When he would come across a frog, POW with the shovel
    and toss him into the tub. Frogs then where huge.

    It would be nothing for him to come home with a tub full.
    He would clean them, and mom would fry them. Still to this day, can see those legs jumping around in the fryer.

    For those that dont understand frog leg nerve endings still react to heat


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Spare View Post
    True Story
    We were so poor that dad worked on the WPA along the railroads.
    He use to take a super big tub and tie it to his belt and drag the tub.

    When he would come across a frog, POW with the shovel
    and toss him into the tub. Frogs then where huge.

    It would be nothing for him to come home with a tub full.
    He would clean them, and mom would fry them. Still to this day, can see those legs jumping around in the fryer.

    For those that dont understand frog leg nerve endings still react to heat

    I hear they taste like chicken........
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    When I was a kid -- we was sooooo poor.................
    I couldn't even pay attention.

    Think that's why I'm the way I am today ??

    Tony

    Tony, BCE '75

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Mickley View Post
    I came in here to use that same line, you didn't happen to find it on a site where the members make really weird comments, photo shop everything in site, with tons of references to pirates, the LOL kitten and lord knows what else? And run buy a beer drinking book writing man named Drew.

    on a side note.
    I'm so poor I can't pay attention!
    Fark.com? Me? Whatever would give you that idea? BTW, you forgot squirrel nuts. I'm not really a regular there, but I've been peeking in there from time to time over the years. It's a fun place to kill some time.
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