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Old 08-19-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Near the water
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I guess having fun, eating at great restaurants, having nice things and being young is a curse huh?



Not a curse at all..but one day you will grow up and understand.

 
Old 08-19-2009, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Yuppies drive BMW's or Beemers.... Soccer Moms drive SUV's. Serial killers drive vans or volkswagons.

Really, I thought yuppies (the people that defined that whole thing) are really in their 40's or 50's now and have changed a bit.

I like the new "McMansioners" word. The neighborhood I live in is becoming a "tear down" neighborhood because of these people (three and counting.) Our homes are older brick homes on huge lots and these people buy a home then bull-doze it and put up a home that is actually cheaper built (yes I mean cheaper not less expensive) than a mobile home. They also take the lot and split it into three or sometimes four lots which completely ruins the feel of the neighborhood. On second thought, I guess this does exhibit some of the yuppie traits of brand name over quality.

If I wanted a newer looking home with the latest molted brick look, I would buy one in a damn neighborhood with said homes already in it as opposed to ruining the look of an existing neighborhood.

sorry for the rant... Just sitting here looking through the trees at the latest $900,000 home (that buys a lot in Alabama folks, or it should anyways) that isn't worth $150,000 other than the brick on the outside-nice color and not molted.
 
Old 08-19-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Near the water
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Yuppies drive BMW's or Beemers.... Soccer Moms drive SUV's. Serial killers drive vans or volkswagons.

Really, I thought yuppies (the people that defined that whole thing) are really in their 40's or 50's now and have changed a bit.

I like the new "McMansioners" word. The neighborhood I live in is becoming a "tear down" neighborhood because of these people (three and counting.) Our homes are older brick homes on huge lots and these people buy a home then bull-doze it and put up a home that is actually cheaper built (yes I mean cheaper not less expensive) than a mobile home. They also take the lot and split it into three or sometimes four lots which completely ruins the feel of the neighborhood. On second thought, I guess this does exhibit some of the yuppie traits of brand name over quality.

If I wanted a newer looking home with the latest molted brick look, I would buy one in a damn neighborhood with said homes already in it as opposed to ruining the look of an existing neighborhood.

sorry for the rant... Just sitting here looking through the trees at the latest $900,000 home (that buys a lot in Alabama folks, or it should anyways) that isn't worth $150,000 other than the brick on the outside-nice color and not molted.

That truly is a shame that they are doing that in your community. $900,000 buys a lot anywhere.

But unfortunately, that is what the *crunchies* do...screw stuff up and **** people off on a daily basis.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 02:38 AM
 
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I guess having fun, eating at great restaurants, having nice things and being young is a curse huh?
Its not a curse at all. I'm young and love all those things too.

Thing is, yuppies are more focused on the name of what their thing is, instead of whether or not its great to begin with. They don't want quality or fun. They want a brand name. Whether its an actual brand or a certain town or a product licensed by a certain person, they want it because of the name associated with that product.

Imagine if someone tried to sell you a pile of dried cow dung for $300. You'd laugh and say no. But then they told you that this was "designer dung from cows fed a special diet to make their dung smell unique and has been licensed by Tommy Hilfiger" that you were to put in your living room to scent the air. "All the celebrities have signature dung scents" you are told. If you are a yuppie, you NEED to buy this dung. All your friends are going to have one and you'll be inferior without this $300 pile of dried cowpatty. Suddenly people are paying $300+ for dried manure and it hurts the room-freshener industry dramatically. Anyone that is anyone has a home that smells like poop.

Most yuppies enjoy life through a very narrow scope. They don't appreciate things that are beyond what is "in" because they think it is the name alone that makes something great. They would rather have ok food at Bobby Flay's than great food at some mom-and-pop place that serves authentic southwest. They'd rather own 100 sq feet in a talked-about neighborhood than 10,000 sq feet in a very nice, but overlooked neighborhood. They'd rather own crap with a logo on it than something that could be compared to art.

Its not a curse to enjoy life, but I personally find it a curse to be unable to think for one's self. You're gonna miss a lot if you keep yourself in the "in" box.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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What is a yuppie? A yuppie is a hipster's ancestor.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 02:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Hell, these same kind of people were around in the 1950s when I was kid; read "The Status Seekers" by Vance Packard if you can find it.

The toys have changed but the game hasn't. Audi is the new Buick but it's the same kind of owner.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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I remmeber when those people where called movers and shakers. Its just a name for those that are moving up quickly and all the trapping that go with it. its high risk many times and many will fall;some only to get backup.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 10:43 PM
 
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Believe it or not I've never seen a yuppie, I'm starting to think they don't really exist. Just an urban legend, like the lockness monster......
 
Old 08-21-2009, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I used to know someone at work like that. But his "can you top this" was always what he could get for free or discounted or upgraded. It was like a sport for him and embarrassing to the rest of us around him. He'd go into a restaurant and try to get everyone at the table a free dessert. Before he even saw his hotel room, he'd try to get it upgraded. He couldn't wait to tell you about how he got his coach seat upgraded to business class or how he got some salesman to knock $500 off of the price of something.

But, it was never about "what" he got for nothing, cheap or upgraded but I think it was more about wanting you to marvel at his ability to get something you couldn't. I think that is similar to materialistic types. It seems like they take less pleasure in the item and more pleasure in the fact that they have something you don't have or something better than what you have. You know, if someone wasn't watching them drive around in a new Mercedes, having one wouldn't be that important to them.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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The key to being a Yuppie is to do or buy things that will make strangers envy you. Unfortunately no one can make everybody envious and the frustration drives them mad. Yuppies are funny and pathetic. They remind me of Sisyphus and a certain rock.

One key to remaining sane is to know what you need, not necessarily what you want, and work hard enough to get it. Then spend the rest of the time enjoying what you have. The other is to care about your family and friends more than yourself.

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