Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America Setting & Symbolism

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The Accutrack personality test

This is one of several personality tests given to low wage workers to try to assess their honesty and willingness to obey orders. Questions are personal and prying. Those who pass the test are those least likely to discuss change or improvement in a job and least likely to stand up for themselves. Pathetically, some workers feel pride in having passed the test.

Blue Haven Motel

After moving out of Motel 6, the author is able to move into the Blue Haven motel. The place is relatively clean and private, but so tiny that when she eats she has to close the bathroom door or she feels she's eating on the toilet. Staying here causes her to end her work in Portland. The seasonal rent is higher than she has calculated.

Budgie

This is the author's pet name for a cockatoo whom she must feed...

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