Trading Places is a MUST for Christmas at my house. That and drinking whiskey with my dad and brother while playing Monopoly.
I also got the HOPE scholarship! Between that and the job in a kitchen, I graduated undergrad with zero debt. Grad school, however, cost me 33k in loans. Booo.
i shelled out $50 for this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ragingpelican/the-next-3-issues-of-the-raging-pelican
I don't have an iphone, or an instagram account. Or a digital camera. But I have an insanely expensive medium format Mamiya camera that I cherish, and I shoot 2 - 4 rolls of film a week for a documentary project that I'm working on, and it has nothing to do with thrift store dresses, brunch, or cats. And I'm good with that.
i spent roughly 200 dollars on food and water, due to the fact that i live in new orleans and basically the entire city was out of power and shut down for the past week. crappiest labor day weekend ever.
Yes, it's bureaucracy fail, but it's also a market failure, which is important to point out. I get annoyed when everything is blamed on bureaucracy, because it can be such an intellectually lazy way to paint a complex issue. Having a system where we choose based on price alone is also indicative of the values we ascribe price relative to public goods. A private company will almost always make choices based on price, so if we enable that decision making, we will perpetuate market failures such as "no public transit". And as a resident of the south, listening to the northeast complain about regional transit blows my mind. At least y'all got a shitty system! We don't have any system, really.
I spent over 300 on preparing to stay in town for Hurricane Isaac, which is way less expensive than evacuating.
My friends band just got in a tour bus crash in England. Everyone is okay, thankfully, but they took a 30 foot plunge off a road. As someone who has toured extensively, bus / van crashes are the most terrifying things to think about. I've been on tours where someone would lay on a loft with their face two inches from the ceiling of the van, laying on all the gear, which would surely crush them the instant the van flipped, while other people curl up on the floor between the seats. Eeeeeesh! Youth! That's the reality for most bands on tour who don't really make a living at what they're doing.
I've had a crazy intellectual crush on cord for yeaaaars now. And funnily enough, my spending habits are close to this! My apartment doesn't have hot water! Which is fine because it is a billion degrees in Louisiana right now. It might become an issue in December when my apartment (also without heat!) necessitates a hot shower so I don't die from consumption after trying to bathe myself in freezing water in a freezing room.
ugh, as someone who just wrote a master's thesis on economic development theories in the US, economics is a shell game of a discipline where people dice data to come up with ridiculous answers that are usually divorced from reality. also, even if they have the data to "stop" the next crisis, how would they do that? convince congress to pre-emptively deal with a possible domestic problem? HAHAHA.