Charles Fee had this to say about dating during the depression: "A depression is something like sleep; you can experience it but you cannot explain it... Everyone was 'hard up' or broke. There were no organized welfare programs, 'relief' or unemployment insurance. You either made it on your own or you didn't make it. Those who were fortunate enough to have money felt ashamed of their wealth and pretended they, too, were broke... these were very practical times. A guy would call his girl and tell her, 'I've got seventy-eight cents. What shall we do tonight?' No trouble there, two-round trip streetcar fares and two tickets at the movie at two-bits each. The cash out lay for the evening was always established. It prevented embarrassment later."