On Locked Out
I lost two sets of keys in the space of two months. The first locksmith took two hours to show up and didn't even stop the engine of their van. They would not replace the lock on the screen door either which was annoying. The second time I just went down the street and went to the local locksmith. He was there fixing the lock for two hours and despite asking if there was any way he could get in through the window, he actually fixed problems I was having with the door lock and replaced all the locks. Yeah, twice in two months is far too much. Spare key is with a friend now. I lost the keys out of the same pare of pants, stopped wearing those pants.
When I only got paid once per month I had an incentive to only buy lunch once per week. If I am working close to Chinatown it is harder to save money though.
When I have been working as a contractor I rarely take time off, even when I am sick, it has to be something really important. In my last permanent role I was taking about 1 day off every couple of months so I didn't try to go out during the week and turn up to work tired. Also works well if you want to go the local film festival and see 9 movies in a week.
I also mainly drink club soda and lime during the week or when I don't feel like drinking. My local doesn't even charge me for it these days. Depends on the venue also. Am more likely to drink at the RSL (Veterans) Club/Bowling Club than the place with the $9 vodka, although that does not stop me going for the $18 cocktail the comes with a free finger puppet (if you come home with all fingers covered you have spent too much.)
On Five Points of Advice to Young People on the Spending and Earning of Money, Part Two: Always Pay for Art
I still buy CDs or get given them from the artists in exchange for taking photos, I believe that a tower of CDs falling on top of me may be the cause of my demise. Not really a fan of downloading movies either (most of my computer's storage space is for photos.) I like buying DVDs for the packaging - search for "Bat Without Wings" and see if you don't start humming KISS songs (it's a Kung Fu movie)
> And when you crack one open in a pan ...back-up, maybe not the best idea to do that, use a separate bowl. If you don't know why now, you'll know the first time you crack a rotten egg in the middle of all your bacon or cake mix and have to chuck it. Consider lighting a small fire to get rid of the rotten egg smell. Where did all the flies in the world suddenly appear from?!