Originally Posted by dpak2005
What has this world come to, where people consider themselves poor or "struggling" and shopping for 72" HDTVs, whether $3K or 5K. Newsflash if your shopping for a large HDTV, you ain't "struggling" and you ain't "poor". That would be when your struggling to get enough to eat every day. Oh but wait, this is America where an inordinate percentage of people are obese. We live in a country where the "poor" people are fat heh.
I hear yeah.....valid points no doubt.
But try not to be so confident with your determination to prove that i'm some rich/wealthy person whining about the cost of large screen TVs while homeless people comb the streets for food.
Just because i'm not one of the homeless does it mean that i'm not struggling with keeping up with the increased taxes. health care and cost of living while sustaining my family.
Just because others are unfortunately suffering worse than me does it mean I don't work extremely hard for every penny I make nor does it diminish the dedication I've devoted to my career, one I fight for tooth and nail every day so that I can live a non wealthy, non rich but comfortable life.
I think it over 100 times before I spend one penny of what i've earned and IT IS a very big deal for me to purchase the cheapest TV I can find with the features I enjoy.....features that I've worked very hard to own and enjoy.
My purchase doesn't come because i'm living off the government and others. If I have to sacrifice eating out or not buying a $14 bottle of wine or maybe not buying a new pair of shoes and making due with the Walmart ones I have on my feet or not buying newer clothes or cologne and so on and so forth, it's because i'm sacrificing in one place to help me save up for something else that i'm more passionate about.
For your information, i'm a Paramedic Operations Manager for a city with a population of 200,000 during the day and 75,000 at night and i've been at it for a straight 20 years and there isn't even a pension involved, i'm not a civil servent at the ready, all set to collect and benefit from my fellow taxpayers.
There is no retirement for me. I will work until I die and i'm completely fine with that.
But while i'm out there in the zero degree weather dealing with a flipped over car that you may unfortunately be a passenger in, I know that my hard work and dedication to making sure you get home to your family safe will be payed off by me going home safe and sound myself and enjoying the fruits of my labor.
I'm sorry if you thought that I came off sounding as i'm poor......sir..I could have zero money to my name but as long as I have my wife and my son next to me then I would consider myself to be one very fortunate and lucky person.
But since I do live a comfortable and respectable life due to my conscious effort of getting up every morning and going to a career I so very much love, I think I will continue to enjoy my hobby and make comments about it when I get excited that I can save a few thousand dollars on a TV set.
I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart that billions of others around the world are suffering, I wish that I could snap my magical fingers and make it all go away but I've got very bad news for you, I haven't figured out how to do that yet.
But i'm proud of myself that I go out everyday and help the world as much as I possibly can by practicing medicine to the best of my abilities, one patient at a time, one defibrillation at a time and one hand holding and comfort at a time.
So please forgive me if I came off as a whining "fat american" human being while others are out there suffering in the cold, that wasn't my intention.
Actually, I wasn't even born in America but i'm sure very proud to have earned my American Citizenship and to now live here with my family.
Hopefully I was able to help you in getting to know me and what i'm about just a tad bit so when I'm back here in this thread jumping for joy that I might be able to save a significant amount of money while at the same time being very fortunate to be able to own a 72" TV, you'll understand that i'm not a whining fat spoiled American.
Sir, i'm just a simple guy who will continue to work very hard until that Vizio 72" is sitting here in my living room, and then after that happens I will continue forward with my life working hard until my life is no more.
Have a good evening and be safe.