We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
OTOH, in my entire career I've had just two jobs with annual salary that just managed to squeak past $50,000, and I meet all 12 of the "threshold characteristics" of being middle class that are detailed in the article.
I did make a conscious decision to avoid living in NYC and environs in my early 20's however, having determined that I was living high-on the hog at 12K/Annum compared to my old classmates in NYC who had income 3 times as high -- I ended up with more disposable income after rent, transportation, and insurance.
Male menopause. Don't bite. The link is just a big to-do about what to call what every man over 60 knows starts happening to men once they pass 40 or so. I'm an octagenarian, and for all you sprouts out there, you never stop winding down, except for the occasional 90-year old physiological freak who's still rock climbing, or whatever.