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Yuppie Profile
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Herkimer Neely, Sask.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 16:36:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
All this talk about yuppies makes me think that a good profile would help in determining who is and who isn't a yuppie. In the last couple of days I've seen posts from people wondering if they were yuppies. They could get a good idea by seeing the profile, if they were or were not yuppies. Burrhead could probably give some good pointers because it seems he had much experience with them.


mike    Posted 10-11-2002 at 21:33:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yeah we all know tat burrbaby is a pantywaist loud mouth crybaby


Fredrik Nyman    Posted 10-11-2002 at 21:21:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think Tom A is right on target -- it's all about attitude.

If you move someplace, adapt their customs, and basically try to fit in, you'll do fine.

Problem is, a lot of people who move from the city/suburbs to rural areas don't do that; instead, they not only bring their values but try to impose them on everyone else in their community. Needless to say, bringing inner city and suburban attitudes about zoning, taxes, government services, hunting, guns and whatnot to a rural area isn't a good way to make yourself popular.

Ironically, it seems that the very things that these people are trying to impose on their neighbors are the same things (or very closely related to them) that they're hoping to escape from by moving from the city/suburbs.

This is not a new phenomenon either. Witness, for example, California and Oregon. Californians screw up the golden state, run away from the mess to Oregon, and try very hard to turn Oregon into the same kind of mess. :-(

I wish there was a workable way to fix it, but I'm pretty sure there isn't. The "simple rural life" has a certain appeal that lots of people wish for. Sadly, a substantial number of these people don't consider the inherent drawbacks of country life before they move to the country. Worse, it seems that no matter how poorly suited they are for country life, they are too arrogant to move back; instead, they make it their mission to impose urban values on their new community.

That's yuppies, the way the term seems to be used here; people whose vast ignorance is only matched by their arrogance.


Tom A    Posted 10-11-2002 at 04:08:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think it is an attitude. It isn't "making mistakes" or "being stupid" that is the problem (funny as they may be), it is trying to force their urban lifestyle down everyone else's throats that bothers me. I don't care what they drive, whether they go to the gym or run down the road, what kind of tractor they buy, or whatever. Long's they don't bother me, I can live with 'em.

I do get hot when they demand the local government put sidewalks where they weren't before, build big houses on what was prime farm land, honk at me if I'm driving an implement down the road, or complain because the farm-next-door that has been there for generations "smells bad" or makes too much noise...that's the crud that really ticks me off. But I'm not sure that's really just 'yuppy' or 'bad neighbor.'

Tom


Noodle --- you hit the yuppie, er nail, on the head    Posted 10-11-2002 at 05:21:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Believe you said it as clear as I heard yet Tom A.
Them folks is o.k. it will take time for the gooders to smooth out some, thems that don't fit wont stay. Our yuppies is hard workin an love there kids. Just don't understand why it ain't the same out here as it is back in ther old sub-divisin. They has a way of wearin the darndist duds to work in. We chuckles at them an they chuckles at us, you can bet.


gatractorman    Posted 10-11-2002 at 03:11:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HEH HEH HEH, I'm a yuppies nightmare, I was born 30 miles from where I now live, when I die I'll be buried 5 miles from where I now live, never wanted to be anywhere else, got lots of trucks, tractors and boats in various stages of disrepair on my place, if any structure is built on my place I wanna be the one to build it (dang building permits) an' dont have no privacy fence if they dont like what I'm doin let 'em look the other way. LOL yall ever notice when I post something here I'm usually complaining about something???


Salmoneye    Posted 10-11-2002 at 04:15:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Town never should have told me that anything you build under 250 square feet is exempt.

Guy on the zoning commission also told me that any 'Ag' structure just gets blue penciled as to permits. Put a tractor in it and boil a little sap in the spring and it is 'Ag'. My 'Sugar Shack' plans just got a little bigger...

;-)


Got It!    Posted 10-10-2002 at 20:30:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
y= YOUNG
u= URBAN
p= PROFFESSIONAL
p= PERSON
i= INSANELY
e= ENVIOUS

of the Joneses!


Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:30:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Herc, yeh have fun with us EH. Ain't never been nore never will be a yupp in Sask. Have your fun at our expence EH.
Later Bob


DeadCarp - nor Hippies in BC    Posted 10-11-2002 at 03:30:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heck, we'd welcome Yuppies up here - get tired of laughing at each other! Years ago, My Texas buddy Corky had a ranch in BC, claimed there'd never be Hippies there cuz it ain't exactly barefoot country. Sure enough, Corky was driving out of Prince George and there was a longhair, barefoot, half-asleep hitchhiker so he gave him a ride home (about 120 miles) and a job. Well, the guy lasted about a week, couldn't stand being awake all day, cussed everybody out, told them they were all crazy, grabbed his bag and left! (Word gets around so nobody picked him up, they'd just wave) After sitting alongside the road awhile and was properly mosquito-chewed for a few nites, he pretty humbly asked for his job back. This time he stayed long enough for a plane ride out ....... ain't seen anymore since! :)




Les...fortunate    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:30:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
That definition is flexible. Mostly Swamphandy got the textbook definition right. (BTW, Swamphandy, congrats on your impending fatherhood....again!)
Basically, as used on this board, it is a slur. Some people who can't think of any other putdown that would pass muster on a "family" site like this use yuppy since it gets past the potty filter and they haven't had an original thought in prolly 30 or 40 years so yuppy works real good for them. Saves having to put in the effort of coming up with other insults and slurs.


LH    Posted 10-10-2002 at 21:53:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Les there are some of us in the country who've been her our whole lives that HATE yuppies. We hate the higher taxes their new homes bring to our area, There having to have nice smooth paved roads so they can run over our dogs while they're speeding by, There involvment and meddling in politics by making contributions to campaign funds so they can try and pass legislation to make life hard on us who farm or are more economically challenged, etc, etc, etc. I'm not a racist or a hate monger by any sense of the word, but if we had modern vigilante groups against yuppies I'd be on the board, directing the hangins.


Burrhead    Posted 10-10-2002 at 19:40:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw it's more outtuh respect fer the fine folks rouncheer, and that don't include you Les.

I think I'd jest let it drop ifn I wuz you.


Les    Posted 10-11-2002 at 03:03:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't let it drop because the last guy that posts is the winner.


WallSal55    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:28:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Used to mean Young Urban Professional, but that
was How many years ago? 1980's?
I'm cornfused.


Swamphandy    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:06:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would say it's more about attitude than logistics. In general 'yuppy' seems to be used to describe someone from an urban area that transplants to a rural area (urban sprawl) kinda like that one Chevy Chase movie (cant think of the title). They come into an area and pay no heed to the customs of rural life, make absolutely hillarious mistakes and do things that just don't make sence to the rest of us (like running and jumping into cars). Often they seem to be chasing after some idealistic pipe dream of what country living is all about, which leads them into more absolutely hilarious mistakes (like milking the bull, takes a while to get em started but when they do...).

One may also use the older term 'square', which may be an antonym for 'hick'. If someone is more square than me or less hick I might term them a Yuppy.

Well thats my 2 from the 'young whippersnapper' point of view.

-Swamphandy
(in forma pauperis poster child)


Burrhead    Posted 10-10-2002 at 19:54:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think the movie you mean is Funnyfarm.



Beamers and treadmills    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:00:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yuppies are just folks that make more money than
Burrhead and upset him a little.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:36:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well he slugs around enough hay to get his exercise feedin them cattle, don't need no jimnaisum, how much hay can youall hall in the trunk of youun's BMW anyway.
Later Bob


Burrhead    Posted 10-10-2002 at 19:26:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
you tellum Bob I'm too mad.


BOSS    Posted 10-10-2002 at 16:49:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would like some kinda profile, I'm not sure if we are in that catagory or not, We built the big house out in a field, got the truck, SUV, jeep. one kid in a private school, 2 dogs, 2 cats, we both work.
But the real kicker is......I'm a roofer. Can a roofer be a yuppie ?

Oh, and I don't run, except when I'm running after my daughter when shes wrecking on her bike, and I definately don't ride a bike for excercise, heck, I don't even own one.


Sid    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:59:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Boss I spent thirty years in construction. Did a lot of roofing in the early part.Kinda hard for me to think of someone putting shingles on as a yuppie


BOSS    Posted 10-11-2002 at 02:23:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is said !!!!!


I'm off the hook then.
I can live my life not worrying about if I have turned into a yuppie......really, I didn't think I was one anyways. Thanks.


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