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I really enjoyed reading Aaron Tallent’s jab at the effete snobs of the city (“Daily Double Wide,” 4/30). People with too much money (or who pretend to have money) who don’t know what to do with it make living difficult for those of us on modest incomes by paying excessively for brand name or location rather than quality. They eagerly overpay for such little space, consequently jacking up the cost of housing or rent for all of us. That’s not exactly what Tallent was saying, but that’s what came to my mind.
Tallent’s story reminds me of some of the folks with McMansions in Potomac, Md., or McLean, Va., or lofts in D.C. who pay too much for the house, can’t afford the furniture, and pay for groceries with a credit card. And of course they don’t care—they think they look good.
Even though I grew up in a four-bedroom ranch-style middle-class home, I find trailers very comfortable. Yeah, a lot of them are lightweight, but most of the ones I’ve visited are nice, comfortable, and clean. Some of my best friends live in trailers. As Tallent said, they’re hardworking, down-home, unpretentious people.
I especially enjoyed the punch line: “Yes, their purchases [trailers] depreciated fast. But not as fast as the $12,000 you threw away in rent last year.” Thanks for a lovely story. Hope the city folks see themselves and wise up.
Takoma Park, Md.