Things like these make me really think that a recession now and then is a very valuable thing:
Golden quotes: (added bold for the really insane parts)
“Jarratt Hughes and Marcia Harris splurged last year on a birthday party for one of their eight children. A show at Medieval Times dinner theater — complete with a four-course meal, Hollywood special effects and a jousting tournament — cost $500 for the whole family.
On Sunday, another daughter turns 13, but the festivities will be more reminiscent of the 1930s than the 11th century.
“She won’t get much,” said Hughes, who lost his job as a courier for a doctor’s office late last year. “We might just sing ’Happy Birthday’ and have cake and ice cream with just the family.”
“She had to pass on placing her two daughters in a singing class because she could not afford the hundreds of dollars in fees for Maggie, 4, and Mary, 2, in addition to paying for swimming and ballet lessons. Even private school may be on the chopping block.”
Ismael Sangare, 12, of Takoma Park, Md., said his father’s job as a mechanic has been unsteady. So the sixth-grader no longer goes to the movies as much or gets the $200 sneakers he prefers.
As for the Tooth Fairy, the average pillow payout is now $1.88, down from $2.09 last year, according to a recent survey by DeCare Dental, a Minnesota-based benefits management company.”
Oh man. Not being able to spend $500 on birthday parties, thousands on private school or $200 on sneakers. I guess my family has been living in the 1930s for a long time and I didn’t even know it!