Originally Posted by neverknow
Many times these days you find those type people still find enough money to smoke cigarettes, drink beer and play lottery or go to the casino. They probably still have a smart phone and flat screen TV.
It's rare in the USA to find a truly broke person. If you want to see real poverty you should travel to Africa or Haiti.
Also it doesn't take much money to keep your boat clean and well organized. Maybe it takes a non-lazy person to carry the trash to the dumpster but not much cash.
I agree with that. Most people can not have money for a new boat but if they make the job themselves there is no economic reason for not having an old boat neat an clean. I guess that is a personal and also a cultural thing.
This summer among other places I cruised on the South of Italy (the poorest zone of Italy) and I was truly amazed with the dilapidated look of the small fisherman cities near the water and the amount of dirt and garbage on the big cities. On the South of Portugal, also the poorest zone of the country, they keep their villages neat and clean and they have proud on that. I am quite sure that they have less money than the Italians.