I have been "poor by choice" for a long time. I use the term "bohemian." It is nice to live cheaply, reuse things, not buy new stuff, etc. However it gets old sometimes. Jake jokes that I have a trustfund. Not so much. I have been getting by on a about 1,000 a month or so for the past 5 years. It has allowed me a lot of really awesome experiences, however the romanticism is almost gone.
Anyway. I have a job now. I am writing this from my office at Howard Hanna Real Estate. I am a licensed real estate agent. I am working with my brother. If you are looking to buy or sell a house in Pittsburgh, contact us. Awesome.
How being poor sucks:
- Pulling out a rear brake or derailer cable, cutting the end off and then putting that aside to use as a front later.
- taking said housing end and pulling the cap off of it to reuse. seriously.
- keeping the heat at 56 or so during the winter.
- having glasses that are approaching a decade old.
- not having been to a doctor for non emergencies in 12 years.
- ordering contacts from canada with a 10 year old prescription.
- only wearing those contacts for races so they last forever.
- having eating out be a luxury, and not spending more than $10 to do so.
- only running the dryer at night so it heats up the house.
- Having an allen key with a rubber thimble around it, plug the bath spigot in my bathroom for over 5 years cause someday I will remodel it.
- buying 3 pairs of non cycling shoes since 2002. A dress pair at goodwill, a pair of new balances on ebay used for 15 bucks and a pair of 100 dollar northface winter boots. 2002.
- Eggs, bread, bagels, milk and peanutbutter. Lots and lots.