I spent waaaaay too much money today.
I spent the morning putting every record I wanted in an online shopping cart on my favorite online vinyl distributor’s site. $430. Then I deleted a whole bunch of them, but still spent more than I should. Here’s what I ordered if you’re curious:
CHUCK RAGAN/ MUFF POTTER split 7″
DAMIEN JURADO “Caught In The Trees” LP
Hot Water Music / Alkaline Trio Split pic LP
MINOR THREAT “Out Of Step” LP
MIKE HALE “Broken With No Hope” LP white vinyl + Delicious Vinyl Fest LP
MINERAL/ JIMMY EAT WORLD/ SENSE FIELD split 7″
Slow Gherkin “double happiness” LP
SHARKS KEEP MOVING “Pause & Clause” CDEP
THE NEW TRUST “Get Vulnerable” LP white vinyl
OWEN “The EP” LP
THE GET UP KIDS “Four Minute Mile” LP clear vinyl
MR T. EXPERIENCE “Our Bodies Our Selves” LP
and a couple pre-orders.
THE NEW TRUST/ PTERADON split 7″ white vinyl PRE-ORDER
SHARKS KEEP MOVING “Desert Strings and Drifters” LP translucent & opaque orange w/ black splatter PRE-ORDER
So much money. But I love music so much. I wish I could buy it flowers.
And then I ate some delicious home fries.
And then I bought some Sounders FC season tickets. They are pretty good seats. If I’d have bought tickets earlier, I would have been able to buy some cheaper ones behind the goal, but I waited, like an idiot, until I watched the first game on TV. It was pretty rad. Now I’m going to all of them. And I’ll be in row B, just behind the corner flag on the South East corner of the field. About 20 feet away from the corner flag, actually. Nice seats, but next year, I’m getting the cheaper ones.
I feel really lucky to be able to afford all of this luxury in an economic depression like this. In fact, I also threw down a quadruple payment on my school loan. Only ten years and I’ve paid off about $11000. Only $2500 more to go!
Since I’ve been spending so much money recently, I’ve been thinking more about what I should be doing to help those around me. I was listening to the radio this week and settled on NPR because everything else is pretty crappy. Some guy (Jeffrey Sachs, I think it was) was on there talking about what percentage of U.S. folks’ income it would take to end world poverty. He wrote a book (and some article) that described a bit of how to help. He also described a sliding scale based on income. I think I fell in the 1% bracket. I’m not living up to the expectation.
I want to continue my effort to do more volunteer work, as well.
In essence, I’ve been too lazy and too American. I’m sorry, I’ll try to do better.