Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Small Things.
Like so many writers, I was shy and somewhat introverted and picked on terribly. I was awkward and nerdy and believed in faeries and unicorns and hobbits all kinds of whacked out stuff that other kids didn't. (Or at least, not the ones I went to school with.)
So it wasn't much of a surprise to find myself buried nose deep into books, or listening to music, or engrossed in video games (nothing quite like Bard's Tale on that old Apple IIe, eh?)
Looking back, I can understand they were escapisms, and I get that now. Couple that with the fact that my family was terribly practical moneywise, and it probably explains my spending tendencies these days.
That's not to say my brother or I lacked for anything, because we didn't, but there was a certain methodology to the way they did things. (We almost never went out to dinner, for example, or to the movies, etc.) Anything that was required - clothing, etc was perfectly fine, but so much of the frivolous stuff was pushed off as something that could be bought later.
Only sometimes it can't. And sometimes, that sucks.
My birthday was in the summer, for example - which basically meant that I never got one of those in school birthday parties, and most of the friends that I did have were often hard to round up. Hell, half the time we were somewhere else ourselves, but I seem to recall things coming to head mentally the summer of my 11th birthday. We were in Vermont, staying in a friend's cabin for a week (one of those places on the lake where you couldn't drink the water that came out of the tap - so everyone had to go into town every few days and fill up gallon jugs from the public water fountain. Good times.)
I'm pretty sure my parents forgot my birthday was that week because when it rolled around, I don't think we even went out to do anything for it. I don't think I even had a cake. I vaguely remember getting an apologetic smile from my mom before they handed me my gifts, which turned out to be an I LoVermont night shirt and a Find-a-word magazine.
However, at this stage of my life, I deny myself very little. Not that I go around blowing wads of cash at every intersection. I live within my means as I need to...but the small comforts I will purchase without a second thought. Books, certainly.
(No, I don't know what this guy is doing here, but it struck me funny =>)
Music. Games. Movies. Anime. Manga. Pedicures. Things that make me happy and in the grand scheme of things really aren't a big deal.
Yeah. They printed 295 of them. I have number 16. It's sold out. It cost me about $700. Reason? I had to do a live presentation at a conference in front of 200 people the next morning. I had a four month old with me. I freaked out. I saw Captain Jack. I said, "Hey tasty Jack, you come home with me now. Here is my credit card."
Best bet? Don't take me shopping when I'm stressed.
Yeah, I get that I'm probably compensating for something, but I'm not out buying a new Ferrari every weekend, either. (Apparently, I *am* buying up costume dresses I don't need for RT, however. >_< )
Of course, if I ever did buy a Ferrari, it would be black. And the license plate would say Nazgul.