Sunday, February 20, 2011

30 Days

I have been Netflixing it up a lot lately. Last week I came across the show 30 Days, by Morgan Spurlock, the guy who did Super Size Me. The basic idea of the show is that someone tries out a lifestyle totally different from their own for, you guessed it, 30 days.

The first episode is Morgan himself (and his fiance) trying to live on minimum wage for a month. At first I thought it wouldn't be authentic because they already have a home and insurance and such, but to make it more realistic they temporarily moved to a new city, found an apartment they could afford on that wage, started with no furniture, etc. Basically exactly like if you moved to a new town with about a week's wage in your pocket.

I found it SO relateable. They bring up a point about how home is supposed to be a sanctuary, but when you are living in a total craphole that is all you can afford on what you make, it is more of a stressor than a place to de-stress. They talk about the idea of having to deny yourself food when you're hungry, which isn't something a lot of people are used to. Not being able to go to a doctor, even though not going may mean an injury or illness getting worse. Even though I was making a few dollars per hour more than minimum wage in FL, that is pretty much how I lived, too.

They bring up the concept that we have "sick care" in America, not "health care". That is, if you have a heart attack and no money or insurance, you can go to the hospital and be taken care of, but if you want treatment to *prevent* having a heart attack, you are out of luck.

There are 3 seasons, 2 of which you can watch online. Other eps include a straight Christian dude going to live with a gay man in the Castro in SF, a month on a Navajo reservation, working in a cole mine and a hunter living with a family of PETA members. Totally worth checking out!

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