"As I was leaving, the bartender announced to the bar, jubilantly, that they had 86′d whisky—everyone cheered." -- love it. This is gorgeous writing, and you really captured something that I think everyone (everyone who works in that industry, that is) can relate to on a gut level.
@flowerofhighrank I feel fine about it. :-) It was an unhealthy relationship, but cataloging all its myriad dysfunctions would've taken the piece in an entirely different direction. What do they call it in China? The Chinese equivalent of tanda, I mean?
@north That is so interesting! Especially that you used it to pay for your degree. I'd love to see people write about this kind of money-managing alternative in other cultures. UC-Irvine's anthropology of money site has some really fascinating examples.
@j a y I know what you mean! At the core of this is trust: what causes us to have it, and for whom? How much of it is cultural (American rugged individualism), and how much is personal?
@RadScientist Glad you liked it, and thank you.
But my question is: would YOU ever do this? I don’t think I would, just because it would stress me out way to much. Unless, of course, I had the first number.
@jfruh No interest involved; and no, not really--I think (and someone with more firsthand knowledge could totally school me on this) it really does boil down to the fact that it gives you other people to answer to, if you're not self-motivated to save. Or need the money quickly.