Judging a person and/or his ride based on price and where it was bought from.....with no knowledge of the bike is elitist and shallow. This thing hit the market and people instantly started bashing it....never even laying eyes on one. Those are the douchebags I'm speaking of. Encouraging someone to purchase the best they can afford and supporting your LBS is always the best idea.
I am employed, but over a two year time period without an income, I dug a pretty deep hole....I'm getting there slowly but surely.
I ordered a set of clamp on cantilever brake posts for the front I will get the rest of the brake parts next week, then I will have front brakes! The idea came from Manual Beastly, the guy who brought a Mongoose Beast to the Sea Otter Classic and stole the show! Check out the media on this guy and his bike...it's great! In a month or so I will get the disc brakes on the rear. I already have the hub, just need the rest. After that, I'm done upgrading for a while. Oh yea I forgot...I have a sealed YST BSA bottom bracket too for $8 waiting to go on. I think I saw somewhere there are good headsets for under $20 for this thing too.
Again, thanks for all the kind words.