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Expensive-rich: 4 ridiculous habits that betray "stuck" in the USSR


Source: Maxim Mirovich

I think many people have acquaintances who consider all the things listed below to be a sign of a good and prosperous life, and do not notice that they have long ceased to be such. But nowadays, all these imaginary luxury items speak of a low culture and a kind of “old regime” of a person who still uses them, blogger Maxim Mirovich writes in his livejournal.

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It is noteworthy that the propaganda of the Soviet era cultivated and popularized the image of the Soviet ascetic and rogue: they say, living in poverty is very good and right; poor but honest, such a person lives in thoughts of the public good and so on. But at the same time, the real Soviet people were completely different and tried to live differently. At the first opportunity, they dragged crystal and chandeliers, carpets and sets into the apartments - the very "status things" that will be discussed. Why this happened is a topic for a separate study, but today we will simply list the habits a la “expensively-richly” from the USSR.

So, we present the tradition of “Soviet luxury”, which has long ceased to be such.

1. Littering apartments with furniture and carpets

An expensive and rich apartment of the times of the USSR had to be densely packed with furniture and status items - this was due to the fact that at that time people often understood “wealth” as the possession of a large number of things. And you can easily trace how such a worldview was formed - at work people were paid a salary, but good things (for example, high-quality furniture) were in short supply, and as soon as such a product appeared on sale, they immediately tried to get it for the accumulated Soviet money, which themselves by themselves were perceived as less valuable compared to the scarcity.

As a result, “rich” Soviet apartments were packed to capacity with furniture and interior items bought “on the occasion”. The typical interior of such an apartment in the 1960s-1970s necessarily implied the presence of a large number of paintings, vases, figurines and all sorts of knickknacks (like porcelain elephants), as well as several sideboards, heaps of armchairs, chairs and other things. This also includes wall carpets - they were often bought just “to have it”.

Such apartments remain even now: read a report about the children / grandchildren of some Soviet leader who live in the apartment of their father / grandfather - and you will see those very interiors, filled to capacity with a bunch of dusty things. Now this style has smoothly flowed into a laughing stock called "agroglamour".

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2. Buying unnecessary, but "status" things

The second point follows smoothly from the first, but has a significant difference: if the presence of a pile of furniture can still be somehow understood, then the presence of so-called status items cannot be explained from a practical point of view. These things include everything that is not used in any way in everyday life and has only one purpose - to impress the guests who come to the apartment.

The piano was a very high-status item - it was often bought even when no one was involved in music in the family, just “for show” - so that all guests would understand that cultured people live in the house. For the same purpose, bookcases were often bought, which were completely forced into some kind of “Great Soviet Encyclopedia”, which no one read; the only purpose of having a closet in the house was show-off and force in front of guests - they say, "not worse than people." Interestingly, such behavior was ridiculed even in Soviet films, for example, in the film "Old New Year", where the hero of Vyacheslav Innocent bought all unnecessary trash like a piano and other things into his house.

Now such behavior is typical for poor, but very concerned about their status people - they get into an unfavorable loan and buy some kind of iPhone, which they can break or lose in a week. The result - no iPhone, interest on the loan is dripping: "there is no money, but you hold on."

3. Wearing fur coats and clothes made of natural fur

A sign of a major from the USSR is luxurious clothing, in particular a fur coat or a sheepskin coat made of natural fur. In the USSR, such things were difficult to get, they were expensive and clearly spoke of a certain respectability of the owner. Now, with the advent of modern lightweight and comfortable materials, fur coats made of natural fur look like some kind of atavism, plus the entire fur business is built on the suffering of animals. I think that in 50 years a fur coat will look about the same wildness as a necklace made of dried human ears around a Papuan's neck, but now many people continue to buy fur coats - and this is sad.

If you do not want to seem like a scoop - never wear fur coats, fur hats, sheepskin coats and other junk. Now in them you will not look like a “respectable gentleman”, but a rose merchant in the market in the 1990s.

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4. Arranging home feasts

A purely Soviet habit is to set a table-glade at home for any reason and without. Promotion at work, New Year's Eve, name days and so on - for all this in the USSR it was necessary to set the table with alcohol, salads ("crab", "olivier", "mimosa"), get drunk, then remember youth and bawl drinking songs in chorus interfering sleep neighbors.

Many people call this a heart-to-heart get-together, but I see in this only a sign of poverty and the absence of normal facilities for cultural leisure. In the USSR, such a feast often became a memorable event only because there you could try expensive and scarce products, which the owners kept “for a special occasion”.

In addition, no one thought at what cost such a feast was organized - the hostess of the apartment (often her mother or friends) had to stand at the stove all day, and then clean and wash the dishes for another half a day. The guests who came were noisy until late, not letting the neighbors sleep, smoking on the stairs, and so on.

Now there are many cafes and restaurants of various price categories, and it will be much easier, and often cheaper, to organize get-togethers with the company. Now you will not surprise anyone with a "luxurious feast" at home.

The original is published on Maxim Mirovich’s blog on livejournal.

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