February 22 2017
City Living with Kids/Family/Happiness/Living in Brooklyn/Money/Saving Money

Freedom is Groovy feat. Brooklyn Bread…

The title of my imaginary number one hip hop single!

Except, even better.  Because, for real, today my friends over at Freedom is Groovy were kind enough to include an essay of mine on their blog about how our normal middle class working family deals with the soul-crushing costs of living in the totally not normal, not middle class-friendly city of New York.

Mr. & Mrs. Groovy are from NYC, but are now living it up, down in North Carolina where they write about financial liberation, personal responsibility and mastering retirement, all minus the urban masochism.

I have to say that I’m especially pleased to be a visitor on Freedom is Groovy because… Mr. G and I do not come from the same side of the political spectrum.  Our points of view match up sometimes, but not always.  We can get into it, and share ideas about money, retirement, government and life and it’s great because when you can disagree with someone and respect them at the same time, all that is right about humanity is affirmed.

Also, you can take the NY-er our of NY, but you can’t take all the NY out of the NY-er.  Especially when whey start talking about pinochle or the Kings Plaza Mall.  Mr. & Mrs. Groovy make my NYC radar ping… which I cannot help but have a bias to love.  In any case…

You can read about our financial familial travails here.  Housing, childcare, food – the full catastrophe…

 

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  • Can’t wait for your hip hop single to go platinum!

    When we first met, Mr. Groovy and I disagreed from different sides of the aisle, often. Not at his urging, I became more conservative. It happened when I began paying property taxes.

    So glad you agreed to post on our site. Our readers love what you have to offer and it’s a different perspective than ours. But now you got me thinking about all kinds of Brooklyn things, like sidewalk chalk games, click clacks, stoop ball, and hanging out at the schoolyard.

    Let’s do this again some time! Keep the Brooklyn stories flowing. Mr. Groovy says cheers.

  • Hit the penny! Of course! We played it every day outside my apartment building. We had two long rows of benches facing each other and we’d place the penny in the crack between the middle pieces of cement, and bounce the ball from one side to the other. We used a pink rubber ball.

    1. Mrs. Groovy 10:41pm 22 February - 2017 - Reply

      Hit the penny! Of course! We played it every day outside my apartment building. We had two long rows of benches facing each other and we’d place the penny in the crack between the middle pieces of cement, and bounce the ball from one side to the other. We used a pink rubber ball.

      • Brooklyn Bread 05:52pm 23 February - 2017 - Reply

        I wish with all my heart I could have experienced THAT Brooklyn…

    2. Brooklyn Bread 08:53pm 22 February - 2017 - Reply

      Oh yes, stick ball and jumping rope, hop scotch and a new one we learned recently from my dad – a game where you have to hit a penny on the ground with a hand ball! This is the magical old school Brooklyn of my mom’s childhood. It’s not quite the same where I live today, but we definitely get a taste of it!

    3. Mrs. Groovy 02:48pm 22 February - 2017 - Reply

      Can’t wait for your hip hop single to go platinum!

      When we first met, Mr. Groovy and I disagreed from different sides of the aisle, often. Not at his urging, I became more conservative. It happened when I began paying property taxes.

      So glad you agreed to post on our site. Our readers love what you have to offer and it’s a different perspective than ours. But now you got me thinking about all kinds of Brooklyn things, like sidewalk chalk games, click clacks, stoop ball, and hanging out at the schoolyard.

      Let’s do this again some time! Keep the Brooklyn stories flowing. Mr. Groovy says cheers.

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