Pat Williams, Diabetes, Gatt discussed on Tilted: A Lean In Podcast

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I'm uncomfortable with this conversation. We shouldn't be talking about money. Why not we talk about everything else? I have a comfortable life now. But listen, I've been broke before I remember when I was first working as an actor in New York in an have enough money to for my metro card to pay for the subway. So I needed to get back and forth from on dish in. So I would stand outside the turnstile and just wait for people to come out to see if someone would give me a free swipe. Oh my goodness. It was so embarrassing. But it's like you had to do what you had to do. And believe me girl. I was going to get to that addition. I was always hungry because I was always eating just the cheapest thing I could find I mean, you know, a couple of noodles the dollar menu for McDonald's. But I think I learned a lot from those days. I can't say that I wish that on anybody. But I will say that having nothing really push me to take risks. Because I mean, what did I have to lose? I didn't have a security now, my parents had been deported. I had no family, and I really had to hustle if I wanted to chase my dreams. So I fully respect the struggle. I got my life back together y'all I went through the welfare to work program. And I don't know if y'all familiar with the welfare to work program with us a lot like diabetes. If the momma get it. That's a good chance daughter might get it. My mama. Got it. My sister GATT at my niece's. Got it added. Comedian and author Pat Williams learned about making money as a little kid in Atlanta where she was raised in a bootleg house, which is basically an underground bar where people go to get drunk for cheap back. Then miss Pat was called rabbit. And now she's written a memoir of the same name. Her book is an example of how determination a sense of humor. And a whole lot of love can get you through anything that life throws at you, even if you have zero money, and I mean zero money now rabbit lives on as an alter ego. But miss Pat is still making it happen. She's developing a TV show, she towards the country making us all laugh with her very real stories about growing up eating ketchup, sandwiches and something she calls chicken s. When I was a child money meant more to me than anything. My first memory money is when we lived in a bootleg house what my grandfather, and my momma would have me go in and take the drunk people while it out of their back pocket and for every wallet I stole. She would give me a dollar which was a lot of money in seventy nine. You know, I could go down the street and play pacman pacman had just came out seventy nine eighty. So you know, if I still firewall is that's five dollars. That's a lot of money kids in who didn't have five dollars back then so I was really reach. I could stay man machine all day. My name was all up and down the pacman machine. So, you know, it's not something that I look forward to it was something that she forced me to do. But in return, I got a dollar per wallet. Which was a lot of money. You know, it meant I could go to the store and I could buy candy. I can go to the store, and I could buy me something e I could stay away from the bootleg house all day because I hate it being in that house 'cause it will full of people. So if I may five dollars, I was going all day. So in a lot..

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