Dating different socioeconomic status

Together with my friend Hugo, an old Etonian barrister, I had arranged to pick up Al from outside his local pub so we could drive there together. Beside him, Al, wearing a horrible dust-stained donkey jacket (which I have since thrown away), seemed diminished and scruffy.

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A basic assumption, and probably a proven accepted principle within demographics, is that people living in similar 'neighbourhoods' (US, 'neighborhoods') generally exhibit similar lifestyle and spending tendencies.

This enables businesses and other providers of services to adapt and 'target' their offerings and communications according to geographical areas, and/or in other ways so as to understand, communicate and deliver the most relevant offerings to the most relevant people.

The jungle of indistinguishable tattoos on his forearms? When he found out I didn’t smoke, he refused to do so in my presence.

We talked the typical talk one does when being picked up in a bar, which led to making out against his beige pick-up truck.

’ he replied hopelessly, as plaster crashed about our feet. My idea of heaven is an early night and a good book, but I was attracted by his hard-drinking, hard-living lifestyle.

As you can imagine, socialising together was — and still is — a challenge.I once dated a Marquis who was paralysed with horror when water began to pour through the ceiling of his dilapidated country house. He was the life and soul, could party until 4am, then get up early with no ill-effects. There was a whiff of danger about him that I found intoxicating.Researchers and social scientists also use demographics, whose principles enable surveying and analysis of individual and group behaviour at a deep and complex level.Much of the basic data used in demographics is derived from national census information, traditionally gathered by governments (and for some while now theoretically available to us all in the UK and most other developed nations).As Hugo and I rabbited on, excluding Al with our chatter, I could feel Al growing restive and angry in the back of the BMW.

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