That's because just two out of the six of us have jobs.
We're just four among the 11.6 million people who are unemployed as of January 2009.
"Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 4.1 million and the unemployment rate has risen by 2.7 percentage points," as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
With the economy in shambles, it's no surprise that none of us can get hired.
As much as people aren't making money, businesses are still jacking up their prices.
It makes sense because they're also in trouble. Plenty of chain restaurants and clothing stores have shut down some locations to save money. There have also been a lot more sales and "free shipping & handling" deals. But, how do poor, in-debt college students and graduates have fun on Long Island for the summer?
-Movies: Seem to be more and more expensive every time I come home from school, where it only costs $6.50 at regular price and $4.00 for the matinee. Here, we spend about $11.00 for a movie past 5pm and $8.25 during the matinee. So, that takes movies out of the equation.
-Bars: We're all at least 21 this summer, something we've all been waiting for for about four long years. But wait- Long Island bar covers can be up to $10.00 and the cheap drinks are around $6.00. Never mind what top shelf liquor costs.
-NYC: Long Island is so close to the city that never sleeps. And there's just so much to do once you're there that the possibilities are endless. I don't have to say it. You already know. It's fucking expensive. The Applebee's in Times Square is almost double what it costs to eat at the Applebee's right up the block from where I live. Applebee's. It's not fine french cuisine. It's frozen food heated up and brought to you. What the fuck. And the LIRR costs about $20.00 round trip from where I live.
So my friends and I stay in and play video games on Wii, make perfect families for The Sims, watch or rent movies, throw a frisbee around in a park and sit on some swings, play Taboo or drink cheap wine and beer while playing "Kings."
We have no money.
Give us money.