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One of the best shows I've seen in awhile. I was sold 3 seconds into the pilot with a topless Laura Prepon having the lesbian... and it just got better from there. Great show.

 

I know it's based on a real life version of Piper, but there's part of me that thinks a fair amount of the stories have to come from an aborted Weeds season. I think it was between seasons 6 and 7 that Nanci was in prison. I feel like Jenji wanted to do season 7 in prison, but changed her mind. Just a lot of similarities...

 

 

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I'm having a hard time liking Piper. At first her naivete and I-know-everything attitude was cute, but now it's just downright annoying. You'd think she'd learn to shut the **** up once in a while, but it doesn't seem to be coming.

 

Also I ****ing love Pornstache. He's the worst character on TV not named Joffrey, but he's ****ing hilarious.

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Tank, this is where we will have to agree to disagree. I guess (in some respects, but far from all) I'm a master of delayed gratification. I don't KNOW what I'll need or want inn 35 years, but having capacity to address that (if and when it arises) gives me a peace of mind in the here and now. That peace of mind is worth more to me than the hour/day of entertainment that I could get from a medium I'm not really missing. I mean...I like television. It's cool. But I don't want to pay for Netflix or cable. I've got a shitload of DVD's. Sure I miss the newest shows like OITNB, and I really miss football season come fall. But at the end of the day, my life goes on. I have a kid. I have a wife. I have a pretty decent life, whether I have TV or not. I just question whether the utility I'd get out of paying $10 or $60 / month on entertainment would be worth compromising the uncertainty that the future holds. In a way, my family is ALREADY too sedate-- by virtue of watching DVD's and streaming via our Roku app. So I'm not sure I want to pay to add to that.

 

But I certainly don't look down upon those who do choose TV. It's great entertainment at times! And I really would like to see OITNB, and as ironic as my cost/price analysis may seem to be, I'd probably be willing to pay for an overpriced DVD release. Probably not a good value/price, but it's not the perpetuality of having a subscription to streaming.

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Man, I'd be miserable living like that.

 

I admit I do have some issues with instant gratification and wanting what I want, when I want it-- but I'm working on it. That said, the little stuff... I don't know. I get that it adds up, but denying myself things for an unknown future seems like waste. I'm trying to find a balance between a responsible future and a happy present... but my step-mother was like that-- no extra money was spent ever. And I was miserable. We never went anywhere, had fun, experienced things-- a trip to the zoo? Wasteful, you can see animals in an encyclopedia. Dinner out? Never.

 

Again, I dine out a few times a week, which would add up to a ton of money saved-- but it makes me happy. I'm not horribly in debt, I'm not hurting to own anything I don't already have, why deny myself simple pleasures that make me happy?

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We're on opposite sides of the spectrum, and one thing I'm trying to do with my therapist is let go of some of that future anxiety (which is what it boils down to). I mean I save roughly 25% of my salary towards long-term, 20-50 year time horizons (retirement, kid's college, etc.). (My wife saves much less than that but gets a very generous 10% employer contribution in her 403(b)).

 

Your default is sort of to think about...WTF? Suppose I'm not here to spend the money tomorrow that is designated for tomorrow?

 

My default is...WTF? Suppose I spend it all living for the moment and then I'm miserable tomorrow because I haven't prepared?

 

I think the ideal is a balance...And by our own admission, neither of us are probably where someone should "ideally" be. Financial experts say you should save 10 - 15% towards retirement (at least, and depending on age). And that also assumes that you have a 6-month emergency reserve fund to cover unforeseen expenses. I would speculate that given your age, you're probably below where you should be (both in terms of savings rate, and net worth). Similarly, I'd guess that I'm ahead of where I need to be. Maybe someday we'll meet in the middle? At any rate, hopefully we can live for today (in the ways that we're accustomed to) and still be happy at the end of the day (whenever that ends up being).

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For sure-- I KNOW for a fact my habits are because I grew up poor. Once I had my own money I never saw the value in not enjoying my money. It has gotten me into trouble though, and I don't own a home (and I don't want to really). College money for the kid... I got by on student loans! So can he! Emergency funds are about the only thing I keep handy. When I wad deeper in debt it was more of a problem.

 

That said, I will end up in debt again if I don't save for bigger stuff. I just got a new car and decided to lease for a couple years instead of being 6 years in debt for buying. Had I had the cash to buy it outright I would have.

 

We should spin this to the lyceum, curious how other people approach this.

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