5.26.2007

i hate money

I hate money.

I hate needing money, and I hate how the need for money so often controls our lives.

Some people who want to need money less consciously simplify their lives. Lower your expenses, lower your earning needs. That just doesn't work for me. I'm not a conspicuous consumer for whom shopping is a form of entertainment. But I'm also not willing to do without certain creature comforts that I'm finally able to afford. I don't crave more and more and more, but I'm extremely reluctant to do with less.

So where does that leave me? My new job won't start for at least another week, possibly later. New Firm won't pay me for some already-planned time off, as it's too soon after my date of hire. (My previous employer was letting me take the vacation time retroactively.)

This means that I really should go one more round with Kids On Wheels, even though I don't want to. I'm lucky I have this option, and I should take it. I'll have to work hard to not let that motivation show in my writing.

I hate money.

7 comments:

Ferdzy said...

Well, yeah. Why do you think I became a parasite on the working masses? It was because I didn't want to be one myself... not that it works perfectly, by any means, but it's the best deal I've found so far.

Actually, it's not so much that I hate money as I hate work. Pity they are so much the same thing.

L-girl said...

Parasite, heh. :)

I don't hate work. I actually like to work. But I like a good balance between work and the rest of my life. I'm no workaholic.

And since I have two jobs - one that pays but is unsatisfying, one that's my calling but doesn't pay well enough - the balance is sometimes elusive.

As Allan often notes, it's harder now. In NYC we worked 24 hrs/wk (2 12-hr days) to earn the same money we earn now in a 36-hr/wk (3 12-hr days).

Ah, well.

L-girl said...

Ferdzy, you make yourself sound like a slumlord. Your rentals must be nice places to live, and fairly priced. I'm hoping.

Ferdzy said...

No I'm not a slumlord! I actually feel happy about supplying a good quality service at a fair price. It's just I used to be an anarchist... some things take a long time to wear off.

L-girl said...

If it's any consolation to the anarchist within, I've never resented our landlords. We've always been treated well and felt our rent was a fair deal. (Although in NYC that was because of tenant-protection laws and rent control.)

We peasants welcome the landed gentry at our demonstrations. ;-)

Dean said...

How does the lower salary affect your standard of living? Did you know before you moved to Canada that you would have to work longer hours to make as much money? Do you feel that this is a drawback to living in Canada?

L-girl said...

Dean, thanks for those great questions. We did know this before we moved.

I'm going to address your questions in more detail in a separate post, if you don't mind. Thanks.