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02 October 2007 @ 09:50 am
 Arg.  I hate budgeting.  But you have to do it.  Just when you factor out all your daily expenses (rent, travel, car insurance, kung fu), it seems you are left with such a paltry daily sum of available money which i often spend over.  Granted, I just as often spend much less, but still.  I guess I'm mostly still smarting for the large sum I had to pay to get my car transferred and registered in DC.  It makes me wonder though, cars are an important resource for a lot of people to make money, and what do you do if you don't have $400 in disposable income to pay to the government in one go?

But calculating daily expenses is painful... $14 in rent, $5 in metro fares, $3 each for kung fu and car insurance, $2 for utilities... and thats without factoring in soccer (which is seasonal, so im not quite sure how to /day it) or food, which is variable....  I guess I can't complain though, even after this I still save and invest between 15-20% of my income and pay my credit card off in full every month, but still.  And I'm one of the lucky ones, I couldnt imagine having to make do with home/car payments.  There goes your savings, out the window.

But on a different note (stop me if you've heard this one before), I am sick and tired of my generation being shit on, being called the "me generation" and the "entitlement generation".  Sure, a lot of us grew up being told we could be whatever we wanted, but with that option comes a LOT of pressure.  We are all very driven to succeed and expect to have the influence to change things, but we certainly dont expect to be given it for free.  We work our asses off.  Usually this is called ambition, and is a positive trait (unless you are female of course, when it becomes an insult similar to "she doesn't know her place", but thats another issue).

Its just the older generation looking to justify their workoholism.  We can't possibly pass down our responsibility to this deviant generation, they are too self centered and irresponsible to handle it.  I mean, how dare they think that their cum laude MBA and impressive internships earn them the ability to change things.

And now that I think of it, didnt they lambast the prior generation, the Gen Xers, for being lazy and apathetic?  Face it, you Greatest Generation, you aren't Goldilocks.  Stop criticizing us for things you should be complementing us for, because face it, if you keep this up, we are going to end up your bosses.  Or at least we are going to choose your raisin ranch, so be nice.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
PrometheusBound: Wow!prometheisbound on October 2nd, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Takoma to NE and back during rush hours is not cheap. People usually don't believe me when I tell them how much it is.
symbot on October 3rd, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
I've been reading around this generational thing recently, just because I ran across a reference to it... I haven't read the book, but apparently this one: Generation Me is one of the core pop-sociology books criticizing the new generation right now.

Like I said, I haven't read it, but I HAVE been reading its comprehensive refutation. It's here: http://www.youthfacts.org/twenge.html and it's pretty encouraging.
Maryvigilantics on October 3rd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Y'know in the last year or so I've actually read a lot of good (or at least neutral but interesting) things about our generation: that we're highly relational, defining ourselves based on our connections to others; that we're innovative, quick learners, and eager to accept new things; that we reject authority and tradition, not out of defiance, but because we can see a better way.

Hmm.. a twenty-minute attempt to find all these complimentary sources has turned up only this . It's Penelope Trunk, writing about how we Gen Y'ers are going to totally pwn workplace norms, and it's going to be awesome.
Rachelfianasylph on October 3rd, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Jesse found this, which is a specific response to the book "generation me", which is one of the more egregious offenders in terms of bashing our generation:


its a pretty good response