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08:21 AM ET 03.01 | Ben McLemore, considered by many to be the most talented young player in the nation, grew up with very little. His home, McLemore says, was filled with love but little else. ... He won't forget the feeling of waking up knowing there was no food or beverage in the refrigerator, with none on the way those days. He says at times he would go one or two days with no food. "It's a hard feeling -- just starve," McLemore says. "Dang, what are we going to do? Dang, how are we going to eat? How are we going to put food on the table?" ... When the family did not have hot water, McLemore remembers one nightly routine: Fill the bathtub with cold water. Heat up bowls of water in the microwave, then run them to the bathtub to make the tub water lukewarm for baths.

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March 1, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Sad that children in this country can still experiance this level of poverty.

March 1, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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Sad that children in this country can still experiance this level of poverty.

Yep...lotta folks like this.

Would have been this way for me, but we grew chickens on our farm so we had something to eat and trade....couldn't eat chicken for a long time, still not wild about it. :)

March 1, 2013  09:23 AM ET

You have to really work at it to be that poor. My mom had no college degree and had 4 children and she worked 3 jobs at times and there were times when we did not have food in the refrigerator, but she was usually able to get something from the grocery store on the way home.


I didn't drink much soda/coke/mountain dew, because we just did not have the money for luxuries like that. We drank a lot of koolaid and countrytime lemonade that you made from the mix, but that was about it. In the absence of that we drank water.

I worked jobs under the table when I got to 14, just so I would have a little money for myself. We went out to McD's or Wendy's at best about 4 times a year. That was considered a luxury. My mom would sometimes date a guy who had a little money and he would buy us dinner. One took us to El Palacio's. I thought that was where the rich people ate. Looked so upscale to me at the time.

March 1, 2013  09:56 AM ET

I'm not an advocate of the "one and done" college Bball plan, but in the case of student-athletes like McLemore, could you blame them for bailing to the NBA and big bucks?

March 1, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yep...lotta folks like this.Would have been this way for me, but we grew chickens on our farm so we had something to eat and trade....couldn't eat chicken for a long time, still not wild about it. :)

Yeah, we also had to eat a lot of chicken, when I was young and I'm like you, I really don't like chicken to this day!!! FWIW, we also ate "horse meat" in the late 40's!!!!

March 1, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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I'm not an advocate of the "one and done" college Bball plan, but in the case of student-athletes like McLemore, could you blame them for bailing to the NBA and big bucks?

Good point and I'm with you, I don't blame them a bit!!! I think some people just have a jealousy problem with these kids making so much money!!! :-)

March 1, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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You have to really work at it to be that poor. My mom had no college degree and had 4 children and she worked 3 jobs at times and there were times when we did not have food in the refrigerator, but she was usually able to get something from the grocery store on the way home.I didn't drink much soda/coke/mountain dew, because we just did not have the money for luxuries like that. We drank a lot of koolaid and countrytime lemonade that you made from the mix, but that was about it. In the absence of that we drank water. I worked jobs under the table when I got to 14, just so I would have a little money for myself. We went out to McD's or Wendy's at best about 4 times a year. That was considered a luxury. My mom would sometimes date a guy who had a little money and he would buy us dinner. One took us to El Palacio's. I thought that was where the rich people ate. Looked so upscale to me at the time.

JK, very good comment!!! Yes it wasn't easy for some of us "oldtimers", but we made it and I think it made us better people in the long run!!!! Yes, I remember drinking quite a bit of Kool-Aid and Carnation Instant Milk!!! My kids still laugh at me when I tell them that, but they just don't know what some of us went through!!!:-)

March 1, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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FWIW, we also ate "horse meat" in the late 40's!!!!

FWIW, I see a potential first-class trip to Europe in your future. You could consult on their "horse-meat-gate." Make sure those sponsoring your gig include daily expense allowances along with the 4-to-5-star accommodations and first class travel arrangements and private chauffeured car for local transport.

March 1, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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I worked jobs under the table when I got to 14, just so I would have a little money for myself.

I got my first paycheck jobs at 14 for the same reason. Prior to that, I was a bit of a neighborhood entrepreneur, doing this and that for cash in hand at the end of the day. You made it to Bama, though, right, Joe? Gotta admire that.

March 1, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You have to really work at it to be that poor.

Don't pretend to know their situation, JK. You had your life and they had theirs'.

March 1, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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FWIW, I see a potential first-class trip to Europe in your future. You could consult on their "horse-meat-gate." Make sure those sponsoring your gig include daily expense allowances along with the 4-to-5-star accommodations and first class travel arrangements and private chauffeured car for local transport.

LOL, do you really think that by me "eating Horese meat" in the 40's, will qualify me for a "free first-trip" to Europe??? :-)

March 1, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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LOL, do you really think that by me "eating *Horese meat" in the 40's, will qualify me for a "free *first-trip" to Europe??? :-)

*horse, *first class

March 1, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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LOL, do you really think that by me "eating Horese meat" in the 40's, will qualify me for a "free first-trip" to Europe??? :-)

If I controlled the purse strings, no, but, the Europeans are agog over the horse meat in products labeled as beef. Oh! The trauma to cultures overly proud of their culinary traditions and food regulations. Their Europeans, OT. It would be just like them to bring you in, provide you a comely translator, and ferry you around to assuage the trepidation of youths and others psychologically impacted by the scandal. You would regale them with stories of the US in times gone by and reassure them that eating a little horse meat will not rob them of an honorable and healthy future. Given your state of aged befuddlement, you'll come across as humorous and endearing. You'll disarm the lot of them. Just remember to exchange your Euros for dollars before returning across the big pond. US banks won't do a damn thing with the coins.

March 1, 2013  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Their

They are... OK, no more contractions and frag the autocomplete/correct feature.

March 1, 2013  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

JK, very good comment!!! Yes it wasn't easy for some of us "oldtimers", but we made it and I think it made us better people in the long run!!!! Yes, I remember drinking quite a bit of Kool-Aid and Carnation Instant Milk!!! My kids still laugh at me when I tell them that, but they just don't know what some of us went through!!!:-)

Forgot about the Carnation Instant Milk. We grew up on pasta and peanut butter (before the explosion in price on peanut butter) - not together lol, that would be nasty.

March 1, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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If I controlled the purse strings, no, but, the Europeans are agog over the horse meat in products labeled as beef. Oh! The trauma to cultures overly proud of their culinary traditions and food regulations. Their Europeans, OT. It would be just like them to bring you in, provide you a comely translator, and ferry you around to assuage the trepidation of youths and others psychologically impacted by the scandal. You would regale them with stories of the US in times gone by and reassure them that eating a little horse meat will not rob them of an honorable and healthy future. Given your state of aged befuddlement, you'll come across as humorous and endearing. You'll disarm the lot of them. Just remember to exchange your Euros for dollars before returning across the big pond. US banks won't do a damn thing with the coins.

LOL, Tin Man, you never disappoint with your vocabulary!!! :-)

March 1, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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Don't pretend to know their situation, JK. You had your life and they had theirs'.

I'm not putting down his life, but I look at it like how did he have trouble when we made it through?

March 1, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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I'm not putting down his life, but I look at it like how did he have trouble when we made it through?

I agree!!! My kids are always telling me, "dad things have changed". I say, yes some things have changed, but a "spending budget will never change". Some kids don't know how to budget money, especially my kids!!! :-)

March 1, 2013  11:09 AM ET
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We grew up on pasta and peanut butter (before the explosion in price on peanut butter) - not together lol, that would be nasty.

Pad Thai not a favorite of yours, Joe?

 
March 1, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Pad Thai not a favorite of yours, Joe?

Dunno even what that is.

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