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  • Our friend is off on vacation.
    He does not speak foreign languages and is traveling in Europe.
    Perhaps they will think he is Autralian, or Canadian.
    America still needs to burnish it's image.

    For most Americans the vacation gets put on the credit card and is paid off during the rest of the year, in dribbles and drabs.
    With the little card you could get fooled into thinking that the riches of the world are available to enjoy.
    If you are not thinking.
    You can look into the windows of townhouses at night and admire the scene but you are outside and not invited in.

    It is difficult when the inequity lines run through a family.
    In some cases, some of the siblings are professionals and make considerably more salary than others.
    Some are middle class and have the good habits that build stability.
    They can eat out, take trips and own homes and still retire with comfort.

    Some people are working class in a society that does not like to say there are divisions, and in fact prospers from the gaps in perception.

    Some will come back to the routine of life with interesting stories, the burnished glow of travelers. A costume any of us can put on and take off, until you look at the price tag.

    The memories will fade but the pile of debt continues to grow.

    And then life goes on.
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