Different types

18 Feb

Every city and town contains people of different classes: rich, poor, and somewhere in between. What’s it like where you live? If it’s difficult for you to discern and describe the different types of classes in your locale, describe what it was like where you grew up — was it swimming pools and movie stars, industrial and working class, somewhere in between or something completely different? ” this prompt brought to you by: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/daily-prompt-west-end-girls/

 

Entwined Vines Jewelry is based out of Milwaukie, Oregon; we are online and now have a nice selection in a storefront in the Hollywood District of Portland, when we talk a walk through the area we find a very diverse populous. We have a few very poor homeless folk that walk the street collecting cans to return for cash, a soul standing at the off-ramp of the interstate panhandling on one end of our spectrum. On the other end of that spectrum just as easily seen on our neighborhood walk those fortunate individuals and families that are well off; huge home with services provided such as lawn and house cleaning, live in nanny, and pre-made meals courtesy of their chef that magically delivers straight into their kitchens complete with heating instructions for that “home cooked meal” feel without a lick of effort or clean-up.

On average though most of the people in this area are the working class. People get up very early to have a hearty breakfast and then off to a traditional Monday through Friday job that if they are fortunate has decent benefits where they have built relationships with several co-workers enough to feel comfortable enjoying the opportunity to visit during breaks and lunch. When the work day is done cars pass by the droves as everyone travels home to make basic “all American” dinners (what ever that may be) to talk with their children and spouses before doing daily chores and trundling off to an early to bed start and repeat for the next day. These people enjoy yard work, bbq’s in the summer and gabbing with their neighbors when they pass each other when they are out gathering mail or getting in a short walk at the end of their day. We mostly seem to live in late 1960’s early 1970’s era ranch style homes with tidy yards and children that are bless to be able to play out front with one another while knowing a safe adult is helping keep an eye out for if there is need.

With the majority of people in this area being so “June Cleaver” normal one would think “old fashioned” or maybe even “boring” would be how we look. Thankfully the “average” and “normal” person here has a flair for unique and creative. Art is common and desired here where there are “strange” art cars, fashion is eclectic on its most drab day and outlandish on others, hair color can change by the day and body art is the norm.  I have seen a minister perform a wedding ceremony with tattoos along his neck and up onto his face, an attorney with ear plugs that reminded me of the tribes men of Africa and as long as each expression is done with taste each individual can be treated with the respect of their position. This diversity spans the ages, genders, beliefs, and social classes.

 

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