old (2008), Uncategorized

rationalization is my favorite hobby

You’d think that with the news that I’m getting a $10/hour raise come February 1st, I’d plan to do something responsible, such as make extra student loan payments, save up for a condo, or start contributing more to my variable life insurance policy. And I may well do one or all of those things, but the first thing that came to mind? Buying a stand-up arcade game plus foosball, air hockey, and ping-pong tables, then turning the basement into a game room. As long as I troll on Craigslist and Freecycle and eBay for most of this stuff, I figure it can’t possibly cost more than a couple (three?) thousand dollars (uh, right?) and I’ll be making about $400 more a week, so it’s not that irresponsible. And the kicker is that, since the basement is filled with my crap — boxes of “stuff” that have been there since we moved into the house in June 2005 — this plan cannot materialize until I get rid of all that junk. So I am looking at this as a reward for decluttering rather than mindless consumer capitalism. I am well aware that this might be rationalization, and I am 100% okay with that. Just don’t ask to come over and play Ms. Pacman if you’re shaking your index finger at me right now…