While walking home today from the metro, I was 3 blocks from our house and I see an SUV driving slowly down the street. Then I notice the driver throwing stuff out his window.
It’s the paperboy delivering our free weekly newspaper. Nothing odd about that, except for what he was driving. You see, the last time I saw the paperboy was sometime last summer, and he was an older man driving a very rundown Geo Metro.
This time the paperboy was a twenty-ish looking punk driving…wait for it…
A LINCOLN NAVIGATOR!
I say “punk” because he was one of those kids (yeah, I’m only 28 myself) who leans way back in his seat, wears his hat somewhat sideways, has that little bead of a beard from his sideburns down to his chin and a little lip fuzz that’s supposed to be a mustache.
Anyway, why, and how, in the world is the paperboy driving a luxury SUV? And what does he make to throw a free newspaper out the window once a week? And how could he make enough to cover the cost of gas at 10 miles per gallon???
When I was a paperboy about 15 years ago, I walked the whole thing, had 3 paper routes, and got paid SQUAT! It was a major upgrade when I got a job at McDonald’s for minimum wage of $4.25 per hour.
Ahhh, the good ole’ days. Kids are just so spoiled today!