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August 23rd, 2016


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02:55 am - Changing Socioeconomic Class
[personal profile] teaotter's preparations for taking over her boss's business in January continue, and it's sometimes a bit odd to consider. I, and then [personal profile] teaotter, and I, and for the last 12 years, [personal profile] amberite too, have all been living at the barest bottom edges of the middle class, but with substantial benefits (such as our lovely house and a new car 2 years ago) from my parents, which allows us to live moderately well and without the fears of sudden disastrous expenses that many people I know have. However, we also have little room for additional expenditures beyond our normal, fairly frugal lifestyle. Our housing expenses are close to trivial, and so our single biggest expense is food, since I do the vast majority of the cooking and am quite picky about what I'll cook and eat and both [personal profile] amberite have (different) food allergies, which drives up food costs further.

However, while our situation will likely change only mildly next year, if (what will soon be) [personal profile] teaotter's business does well, in a year and a half or more likely two and a half, we may be doing not merely better economically, but much better, to the extent that occasional overseas travel and similar luxuries may be possible on our own, which is both wonderful and quite surprising.

Much of my self-definition has been as the mildly impoverished, somewhat dilettantish offspring of wealthy parents, and the practicalities of that are almost certain to change. One of the mot puzzling aspects of this is considering what all we might possibly spend considerably more money on, since there's only so much money one can spend on ebooks, and while I enjoy having excellent personal electronics, buying replacements for any of them more often than every 2 years seems to me wasteful to the extreme, and replacing larger items like cars remotely often seems to me deeply excessive.

Crossposted from dreamwidth, comment on either, since I'm trying to use DW more.
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From:china_shop
Date:August 23rd, 2016 10:57 am (UTC)
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Off-topic, but may I suggest including a link in your footer to the DW post (and also, ideally, comment count)? You can automate it on the DW side.
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From:kiarrith
Date:August 23rd, 2016 12:02 pm (UTC)
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<3 much much good luck and yay for yous
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From:tdanaher
Date:August 23rd, 2016 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Given the lay of the very-near-future political and social land, some of that fresh money may be an opportunity to pay an increased tax contribution (providing, of course, there is no household desire to leverage tax loopholes which will result in retaining personal control of the money and selective donation to favored causes over government control and distribution on a more diverse, less selective basis).
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From:siderea
Date:August 24th, 2016 02:31 am (UTC)
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You aren't required to spend it, you know. You can save it. For a rainy day, for retirement, for a legacy.

If you do want to spend it, you're not required to spend it on goods or experiences. You could also spend it on services. You might hire people to do things for you, people who would be glad for the work.

Nor are you required to spend it on amusements and diversions. You could invest it. You could fund projects that you think are worthy. Say, donate to causes or buy yourself a politician.

Edited at 2016-08-24 02:35 am (UTC)
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From:heron61
Date:August 24th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
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It' not getting remotely into politician buying territory, merely somewhere in the low to mid ranges of upper middle class. The odd part of this is that within the next decade or so, I'll also be inheriting my parents money, which is firmly in the upper middle class range. Given we'll already be pretty darn secure when that happens, there will be some fairly sizeable charitable donations.

As for legacies, my ideal legacy is my own continued existence, which means keeps funds around for longevity treatments (that will hopefully have something like a track record of at least being non harmful in a decade) and possibly cryonics (if as seems likely, but not certain, it improves to the point that it's not a total waste of money, as it is now).


Edited at 2016-08-24 04:13 am (UTC)
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From:siderea
Date:August 24th, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
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It' not getting remotely into politician buying territory

Au contraire! There was some bribery scandal some years back in, iirc, South Carolina. Some of those state legislators had sold out for, like, $500. I was like OMG WE COULD HAVE HELD A BAKE SALE.
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From:benlehman
Date:August 24th, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Politicians are way cheaper than you think, particularly at the state level but even house reps are pretty affordable.

Speaking of immortality: Have you considered hiring an artist to dedicate all their works to the glory of your name? It worked for the Duke of Bejar.
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From:alephnul
Date:August 25th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I think John prefers the sort immortality that involves not dying!

Or, I guess, with cryonics, coming back from the dead? But that spoils the pithiness of the line.
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From:tcpip
Date:August 25th, 2016 06:25 am (UTC)
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Well.. happy birthday heron61 and, most appropriately, good fortune!
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From:mlerules
Date:August 30th, 2016 06:32 am (UTC)
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Perhaps on more experiences - more live music, more theater, more travel.

(I do want to hear from you folks how the star-gazing in/near the desert went.)
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From:heron61
Date:August 30th, 2016 08:14 am (UTC)
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The scenery was absolutely lovely, but the stars mostly weren't visible - full moon + partly cloudy = few stars.
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:September 1st, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on tea_otter taking over her boss's business!

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