[OT] Personal Finances: Was The perfect MP3 player
shane at hathawaymix.org
Mon Sep 19 01:24:23 MDT 2005
Ross Werner wrote:
> I personally think it's a great plan so long as you're still having a
> good time while you're waiting for that dream-filled day when you pay
> off the house/retire/whatever. Like I said before, if you're living your
> life in misery because you're saving so much money so you can have a
> debt-free future, then (at least in my opinion) that's not worth it.
> Of course, it doesn't sound like you're miserable at all :-) I imagine
> you have your own hobbies and you spend your spare time doing things
> that you enjoy doing, like posting to the plug list or whatever. It
> certainly doesn't have to be blowing hundreds on mp3 players every
> couple of years. (That wouldn't make me happy, anyway.)
Between the ages of 8 and 15, I only had about $10. I spent a lot of
time figuring out exactly how to spend it. That $10 was worth so much
to me that I didn't dare spend it on anything less than spectacular.
Not surprisingly, I never found the right thing to spend it on.
However, my research to find the Spectacular Ten Dollar Thing became a
great hobby. I got into electronics and software. I loved the free
catalogs from All Electronics and other distributors. My parents gave
me a Radio Shack 200-in-1 kit for Christmas once and I played with it so
much that I wore out all the springs. People gave me worn out
electronic devices and I did dangerously fun things with the innards.
Now that I have money to spend on a hobby, I've bought a few of the
gadgets I always wanted--but I haven't used them much. It turns out
that I really liked building stuff; playing with a finished, polished
product often isn't very interesting. While it's unfortunate that I
spent a bunch of money on things of low value to me, at least I learned
the lesson before I lost money on some silly music player. :-)
Anyway... now I'm thinking about reviving the electronics hobby, but
this time with the help of some money: getting a real soldering iron, a
multimeter, maybe an oscilloscope, new components instead of recycled
resistors, some kind of computer control module, etc. And I'm going to
have a lot of fun researching exactly what I want to buy.
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