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(The New York Times)   To summarize: "I once owned lots of cool stuff, much more than you. Then I started to experience life in a way you never will. Now, I reject materialism and live a deep, thoughtful life. Yes, I'm better than you, but maybe you can learn from me"   (nytimes.com) divider line 107
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2013-03-12 09:35:48 AM
38 votes:
His description of Olga makes me think his life trajectory is actually closer to something like this:

1) Guy makes a lot of money, is happy, buys lots of crap he doesn't need.
2) Guy meets girl who's very different from the normal, vapid, airheaded, money-grubbing girls he normally meets. She travels places he's never been, listens to bands he's never heard of, is shockingly open about how much she enjoys sex, and constantly talks about how she doesn't care about money.
3) "Doesn't care about money" actually translates to "doesn't have money," but regardless of that fact she has learned that life can be experienced, gripped by the teeth, so to speak, by befriending people who do have it.
4) Girl who doesn't care about/have money and guy who has money and wants to keep farking girl go on trip together to gritty but safe third world destination. He sees gritty things, like people bathing in rivers. Girl has a copy of "Lonely Planet" that they use to find authentic local restaurants filled with backpack-toting Americans.
5) Guy begins to believe girl's message that money is unimportant, despite the fact that he is paying for everything. He begins to question his previous values. She encourages him, sometimes while out shopping.
6) They return home. Guy announces plans to change his lifestyle, downsize, become less material.
7) Girl dumps him.

The rest is fallout. Anyway, it's just one theory.
2013-03-12 09:41:03 AM
10 votes:
The one single, common trait of all self-help gurus, minimalist living scolds, life coaches, "professional organizers," or any other fraudster of the multi-billion dollar personal improvement industry is this: They're all rich.

Anyone who breathlessly spews dime-store bullsh*t like "money doesn't buy happiness" has never been poor, and anyone who says stuff like "the best things in life aren't things" owns a sh*tload of things.
2013-03-12 09:14:54 AM
8 votes:
I'm pretty happy with my materialistic lifestyle.
2013-03-12 10:48:18 AM
5 votes:
www.mytripjournal.com

Retired, with the kids gone, this is our home, 240 square feet. We love it, you know where all your stuff is, and I wouldn't go back to living in a regular house. Sometimes, I'll wake upnot know where the heck I am, and have to look out the window, or go out and walk around. Great feeling.
2013-03-12 10:44:05 AM
5 votes:

sigdiamond2000: Mugato: sigdiamond2000: You know, between this and the Slate article yesterday by the allergic woman bragging about pestering a grieving mother at a wake about the peanut content of the food, I'm really starting to wonder whether these supposedly legitimate web sites/newspapers are purposely publishing stuff they know is trollish just for page hits.

You don't think there really are people like this? I know there are. I've spotted them in the wild.

I can't imagine more than 3% of the population not wanting to punch this guy in the face after reading this article. They have to realize that, right?

They never realize it.

I know people like this exist. I know some of these kinds of people. Whenever they leave the room, everyone talks about what assholes they are. Sometimes they don't even wait until they leave the room.

As out of touch as the Northeastern elite may be, I find it very hard to believe that the NYT didn't realize that they were publishing a story that was going to generate almost nothing but hate for this f*ckstick.


Yes they are trolling and they don't like this guy either.

The ancient Greeks avoided fame and the sin of hubris at all costs. Why? Because it would bring attention from the Gods and nothing good ever came from that kind of attention. I did not understand that fully until the invention of the internet.
2013-03-12 09:49:56 AM
5 votes:
"flush with cash from an Internet start-up sale "

"not everyone gets an Internet windfall before turning 30 "

"more money than I thought I'd earn in a lifetime. "

"not everyone gets a windfall from a tech start-up sale. "


Did he mention that he made a lot of money?

I love it when rich people tell me how to live with less...
2013-03-12 09:36:47 AM
5 votes:
 I gave up empty, meaningless people who tell me about their insignificant lifestyle choices, and I've never felt better about myself.
2013-03-12 09:14:12 AM
5 votes:
From TFA "My life was unnecessarily complicated. There were lawns to mow, gutters to clear, floors to vacuum, roommates to manage (it seemed nuts to have such a big, empty house) "

I think I see your problem.
2013-03-12 04:41:42 PM
4 votes:
CSB:

This one time, I couldn't sleep.

See, I had an ingrown toenail that I had (super-minor) surgery on to get fixed, and it still hurt and was bleeding.  A med student actually did the operation, since the student health clinic was free, and did not do a great job.  Of course, the surgery was three weeks prior, but because I hadn't had solid food in at least that long, the cuts weren't healing.  I had a lot of bloody socks though.  Also, I couldn't sleep. In part it was because I was shaking a lot, and in part because my stomach was upset even though there wasn't anything in there but water.  Not a lot, since I was down 31 lbs in around 25 days.

I didn't have much, certainly no money or food, but was I happy with my minimalist lifestyle?  No, not really.  Even when I had the bare minimum required, I had to stress out about maintaining that.  I had to work a few jobs to make money the room, and while I appreciated the few things I did have, I was miles adrift in a sea of misery.  I had next-to-nothing, and I was broke.

Nowadays, I come home to a house, I can grab a snack from my pantry, or a beer from the beer fridge in the garage (I brew my own), and I have a nice couch - 2 in fact -  I can throw myself onto like I did with beds when I was a kid.  I can grab a game controller, or pick one of the dvd's I've got, or even just watch cable tv.  Somewhere I've got a nice internal frame backpack and a tent, and if it's the weekend, I might go camping.  Maybe snorkeling? I've got the gear...  I've also got a computer, and a laptop, AND a touchpad, and a bunch of electronic toys besides.  I've got a good collection of G1 transformers all displayed around my soldering iron and various digital meters.  I've got a bookshelf absolutely packed with new and old sci fi, fantasy, and classics.  I've even got a motorcycle and a truck and 2 dogs and some cats and a python.  Last and not least by a long shot, I'm married - and that's quite the responsibility and expense to maintain.

You know what?  All these things make me happy.  Sure, I have to pay off my house still, and yeah, I've got to mow the lawn or deal with a broken fence on occasion, I still have to pay for insurance and gas, and heck, I spent last night doing toilet repair, but it's still all worth it.  I have so much to entertain me, so many hobbies to explore, so much to do, at the reasonable cost of a brace of hours a day of work or upkeep for the things that help make me happy.

Getting rid of things in order to get rid of real-or-perceived responsibility isn't some sort of panacea that will fix your problems.  It's just a way to lower your standards until anything you do have is relatively so much better than the entire rest of your life.  Realize it for what it is; Remember the last time you had a fever or flu?  How awful it felt?  You just wanted to stop feeling puky? Remember how special and magical it felt when the fever broke?  How you felt light, and hungry, and a bit tired, but energized nonetheless, and all it was was that you felt normal again?  You lowered your standards to the point where 'normal' is special, felt happy when you achieved it, and there's nothing wrong with that.
 However, just because your normal is a house full of nice stuff and every entertainment avenue is open to you, you don't have to give everything away and restrict all your choices - effectively, get sick - just so you can rank what's left as relatively greater.  It shows you as being so shallow as to be incapable of appreciating a thing for what it is, rather than how it compares to the rest of your stuff.  It's not a problem with your stuff, it's a problem with YOU.  Getting rid of stuff doesn't fix the problem, it just hides it.  It doesn't make you better, you haven't changed at all.


The article's author is rich, and can have anything, even if he doesn't possess it right now.  That's a bit different than having nothing, not being able to get the things you want, not even being able to sleep, and thinking that by accepting that, you'll be happy.

So when I jump on my couch a cat may choose to use me as furniture, and the dog will start thumping it's tail on the floor every time I move to idly coast through one of 3 zillion channels on the flatscreen tv, I'll occasionally grin, because I'll think to myself, "I could go to sleep if I wanted," and be happy.
2013-03-12 11:26:00 AM
4 votes:
Look, you could give me every exquisite watch in the world, and it wouldn't make me happy for very long, because I don't really care about watches. Maybe you love watches, it doesn't make me any less of a materialistic than you.


So this guy figures out that he prefers constant world travel and beautiful European women over furniture. Congratulations asshole! What an enlightened creature you are! Your lifestyle still requires you to be wealthy, and money is material, even if it's being exchanged for experiences and plane tickets instead of luxury cars.


So, in closing, eat an entire pile of dongs, you smug motherfarker.
2013-03-12 10:50:31 AM
4 votes:
2013-03-12 10:03:43 AM
4 votes:
The crux of the article, in my view:

My success and the things it bought quickly changed from novel to normal. Soon I was numb to it all. The new Nokia phone didn't excite me or satisfy me. It didn't take long before I started to wonder why my theoretically upgraded life didn't feel any better and why I felt more anxious than before.

A phone isn't supposed to "excite" you or improve your emotional state.  You sound farked up in the head in a way that shouldn't be blamed on materialism.  See a therapist.  Moving from one extreme to the other doesn't make you wise.
2013-03-12 09:56:32 AM
4 votes:
You know, between this and the Slate article yesterday by the allergic woman bragging about pestering a grieving mother at a wake about the peanut content of the food, I'm really starting to wonder whether these supposedly legitimate web sites/newspapers are purposely publishing stuff they know is trollish just for page hits.

I mean, I can't imagine more than 3% of the population not wanting to punch this guy in the face after reading this article. They have to realize that, right?
2013-03-12 09:56:03 AM
4 votes:
After being the executor of a few estates, I have come to the conclusion that I had too much stuff and have been slowly downsizing.

/spring cleaning is about to start as well
2013-03-12 09:36:37 AM
4 votes:
So an attention whore narcissist who no longer got enough reward for buying things, decides to go the other extreme, and wants attention for not buying things.

Woop de woop.

Next up: he starts a religion.
2013-03-12 09:16:07 AM
4 votes:
Let me take all the cluttery words out of your article.

"I once hired a personal shopper.  This was clearly a stupid thing to do."
2013-03-12 11:10:20 AM
3 votes:
Oh look another person who first tried to fill the void in their life with stuff and is now trying to fill the void in their life with austerity. He sounds like every borne again Christian who wants to tell me how great JESUS is. This is a very old story, but not surprisingly this self absorbed person thinks he is the first to realize this and just needs to tell everyone about it.

People like this never consider that the problem may not be with their lifestyle, it just might be that they have no clue how to live. So, they will drift from one extreme to another always looking for something external to fill that empty void, always aware that something is missing, and never looking internally for happiness.
2013-03-12 11:01:04 AM
3 votes:
"To celebrate, I bought a four-story, 3,600-square-foot, turn-of-the-century house in Seattle's happening Capitol Hill neighborhood and, in a frenzy of consumption, bought a brand-new sectional couch (my first ever), a pair of $300 sunglasses, a ton of gadgets, like an Audible.com MobilePlayer (one of the first portable digital music players) and an audiophile-worthy five-disc CD player. And, of course, a black turbocharged Volvo. With a remote starter!"

"My hand-blown green glass dishes with the tiny bubbles and imperfections, proof they were crafted by the honest, simple, hard-working indigenous peoples of wherever."
2013-03-12 10:43:41 AM
3 votes:
Yeah subby the guy comes off as a douche... but... I am not rich like this guy was/is but yet at times I have these same feelings about the stuff I own. It often seems like more of a hassle than anything. When you are middle class it is even worse because repairs or maintenance or replacing your stuff is more of a financial hardship than for this guy.
2013-03-12 10:39:11 AM
3 votes:
I think we need a review of the use of the hero tag
2013-03-12 09:48:39 AM
3 votes:

Pocket Ninja: 4) Girl who doesn't care about/have money and guy who has money and wants to keep farking girl go on trip together to gritty but safe third world destination. He sees gritty things, like people bathing in rivers. Girl has a copy of "Lonely Planet" that they use to find authentic local restaurants filled with backpack-toting Americans.


Nailed it.
2013-03-12 05:43:42 PM
2 votes:

Karne: Hating on Ted talks is a new one for me. "I can't stand it when top people in their fields share information! It's soooo lame!"


Top people in their fields share information at academic conferences. TED talks are just marketing.
2013-03-12 02:35:20 PM
2 votes:
My father used to always say ...

Having money isn't important.
NOT having money is important.

After decades on this planet, I think he was right.  Go explain your minimalist adventure to a family that can't afford to buy food.  It's about being able to choose your path.
2013-03-12 02:23:56 PM
2 votes:
I've been living on 300-800 a month for ten years.  What gives? The only thing that it entitles me to is to laugh at all the 99%ers about how hard their life is.  There's no zen to be found in living off a diet of rice, canned veggies from the dollar store, eggs, and the half off bread rack.

Oh wait what's that? We need to live -smaller-, not -actually- poorer. Because frankly who cares about living in a studio when you can afford to go out to eat, and stock your fridge with actual meat and dairy products?

FAIL tag must be too busy weeping.
2013-03-12 01:44:43 PM
2 votes:

Two16: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 540x445]

You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.


I enjoyed fight club, but anyone who gets owned by furniture that can be packed up and moved to another apartment any time they need a life change is a freaking moron.

Now a house and family on the other hand, that shiat can lock you in :D
2013-03-12 12:42:38 PM
2 votes:

nickerj1: Weigard: I can't wait for this guy's Ted talk.

I've never understood the appeal of Ted talks.  I watched maybe 10 of them before I realized they were self-absorbed know-it-alls who think they need to educate everyone about a niche topic, which they usually only know a modicum about.  No offense Drew, but yours was a prime example.


Once one understands that TED is 'non-profit' in the same way that the US Olympic Committee is 'non-profit', and that anyone can host their own franchised TED talk if they pony up enough money, one begins to realize that the talks are auditory Facebook posts.
2013-03-12 12:34:15 PM
2 votes:
Regarding minimalism, there's a cute New Yorker cartoon that shows two people in a BIG empty room, with only a chair in it.

One guy goes to the other:

"You know he has to be REALLY rich to be able to afford so much nothing"

or something along those lines :-)
2013-03-12 11:47:01 AM
2 votes:

DubyaHater: I respect this man.  Most people are truly unhappy with their material possessions.  We are always trying to acquire the latest gadget and latest technology in a vain attempt to show our friends and colleagues how much money we have.  We end up in a vicious cycle of acquiring more and more meaningless possessions that end up in our attics/basements.  It's a sad life we all lead.

In the past few years, I have rejected cable for the mundane programming it provides.  I also rejected my XBox because video games do not provide positive mental stimulation.  With the loss of my cable and XBox, I discovered my television was no longer useful and I sold that on Craig's List.  Now I can properly stimulate my mind and study the world we live in.  I can sit down at a dinner table and have deep, meaningful discussions about classical music and Renaissance art.

I sold my newer automobiles with all their fancy technology for a 1995 Honda Accord that gets 25mpg.  It has a radio (for NPR) and A/C.  What more do I need?  I can buy a map at a gas station for $3 if I need directions.

Obviously most people could never understand the way I live.  Most people reject a simplistic lifestyle for fear of ridicule by their "friends".  But let me ask you, are they really your friends if they judge you by the life you lead?  Since I switched to a more ideal lifestyle, I have met people who truly accept me.  I have rejected those who live in their materialistic world.  They could never understand the pleasures I now experience.


It seems the problem here (and with King Douchenozzle in the original article) is that y'all never learned how to moderate or be picky. If you it isn't useful or enjoyable (or, preferably, both), don't buy it. It isn't "we" who live in a vicious cycle - it was you. Most people don't live like that - they have family and religion and hobbies and work that fill that void to overflowing. Don't generalize your experience here - not everyone is, has been, or will be a member of the cult of more.

Also, do you know how much information and art you are giving up without television or, for that matter, video games? We are living in an age of complex and innovative culture in a never-ending feed. Even if you only use it for movies and documentaries and news, you are removing a crucial portal to the world at large and an incredibly useful tool.

I could never be a minimalist. I need a decent sized place just to store my books, videos, wife, and German Shepherd mutt. Also a decent kitchen. Don't these people cook?
2013-03-12 11:11:37 AM
2 votes:
Yeah, no sh**t, money substitutes for stuff.  If you have lots of money, you don't need to always own the things you want to use in life.  Money will make things happen.  For the rest of us, we don't throw everything away simply because we don't have the pile of cash to replace it willy-nilly.
2013-03-12 11:08:33 AM
2 votes:

sigdiamond2000: The one single, common trait of all self-help gurus, minimalist living scolds, life coaches, "professional organizers," or any other fraudster of the multi-billion dollar personal improvement industry is this: They're all rich.


Yep.  They can enjoy having their minimalist lifestyle where they don't have to worry about anything because they are rich enough that they don't have to worry about anything.  They can spout the "I don't have to have a fancy sports car to be happy" bullshiat safe in their knowledge that if they wanted to, they could buy one any time they wanted, in cash.  There is a difference between being denied something by choice and being denied because it is impossible for one to obtain.  The former is a decision that one makes of their own free will, the latter is forced upon them.  Big farking surprise the the members of the former category have magically found a way to be at peace with themselves.
2013-03-12 11:06:04 AM
2 votes:
Oh, cool. Let me just get rich off a couple of internet windfalls then I can go kick around Europe and Asia for a few years.  You know, really get to know myself, live the minimalist lifestyle.  Everyone should do this.  Oh wait. Food, shelter, and travel costs money? Everyone should just have an internet windfall or two and get rich. Duh.

Oh, get an internet windfall? Just get an internet windfall? Why don't I strap on my internet windfall helmet and squeeze down into an internet windfall cannon and fire off into internet windfall land, where internet windfalls grow on little internet windfallies?!

/internet windfall
//douche
2013-03-12 10:59:41 AM
2 votes:
IT'S CALLED DIVORCE MOTHERFARKER!!!!
2013-03-12 10:55:21 AM
2 votes:
If only there was a middle ground between living like a penniless hippie and needing to buy everything you see.

"And, of course, a black turbocharged Volvo. " - also you're doing it wrong
2013-03-12 10:50:33 AM
2 votes:
bet i have less than THAT guy
2013-03-12 10:50:20 AM
2 votes:
What a tool. I've been traveling and living out of my rucksack for years, which is way more minimalist than this guy. I'm happy that way, that's why I do it, but it's a personal choice, and it's no better or worse than my siblings who own houses, have lots of kids, etc. This guy must really suck to have at parties.
2013-03-12 10:47:42 AM
2 votes:
Being broke and just scraping by: It's the new black.
2013-03-12 10:47:30 AM
2 votes:
Holy crap.  We have a new nominee for worst person in the world.  This is perhaps the world most self-absorbed person.  Why did this get published?  Did this guy think "there are a still a few people who don't know how great I am, I better publish it in the NYT"?

Summary: "I'm so rich that I can do whatever I want and don't have to care about money so now I do whatever I want and don't care about money.  But I want make sure everyone knows how rich and brilliant I am."
2013-03-12 10:46:12 AM
2 votes:
My sister was like this. Constantly espoused the mantra "money isn't important". Now that my mother has stopped footing her bills, my sister has been remarkable silent on the subject.

There's nothing wrong with "decluttering". But anyone who describes themselves as a "minimalist" needs a "maximalist" cock-punch.

I've yet to come across a "minimalist" on the internet who wasn't selling something.
2013-03-12 10:08:19 AM
2 votes:

Mugato: sigdiamond2000: You know, between this and the Slate article yesterday by the allergic woman bragging about pestering a grieving mother at a wake about the peanut content of the food, I'm really starting to wonder whether these supposedly legitimate web sites/newspapers are purposely publishing stuff they know is trollish just for page hits.

You don't think there really are people like this? I know there are. I've spotted them in the wild.

I can't imagine more than 3% of the population not wanting to punch this guy in the face after reading this article. They have to realize that, right?

They never realize it.


I know people like this exist. I know some of these kinds of people. Whenever they leave the room, everyone talks about what assholes they are. Sometimes they don't even wait until they leave the room.

As out of touch as the Northeastern elite may be, I find it very hard to believe that the NYT didn't realize that they were publishing a story that was going to generate almost nothing but hate for this f*ckstick.
2013-03-12 10:07:35 AM
2 votes:
Well at least he isn't living in a 5 star New York hotel while he tells we should imagine a world without money.
2013-03-12 09:49:08 AM
2 votes:

CapeFearCadaver: RexTalionis: I'm pretty unhappy with my non-materialistic lifestyle.

ftfm


Put up a wishlist in your profile along with slutty pictures, I'm sure someone would be happy to help you along with your materialism.
2013-03-12 09:48:28 AM
2 votes:
Hey, whatever makes you happy...but I hardly think it warrants a hero tag.
2013-03-12 09:41:34 AM
2 votes:

Pocket Ninja: His description of Olga makes me think his life trajectory is actually closer to something like this:

1) Guy makes a lot of money, is happy, buys lots of crap he doesn't need.
2) Guy meets girl who's very different from the normal, vapid, airheaded, money-grubbing girls he normally meets. She travels places he's never been, listens to bands he's never heard of, is shockingly open about how much she enjoys sex, and constantly talks about how she doesn't care about money.
3) "Doesn't care about money" actually translates to "doesn't have money," but regardless of that fact she has learned that life can be experienced, gripped by the teeth, so to speak, by befriending people who do have it.
4) Girl who doesn't care about/have money and guy who has money and wants to keep farking girl go on trip together to gritty but safe third world destination. He sees gritty things, like people bathing in rivers. Girl has a copy of "Lonely Planet" that they use to find authentic local restaurants filled with backpack-toting Americans.
5) Guy begins to believe girl's message that money is unimportant, despite the fact that he is paying for everything. He begins to question his previous values. She encourages him, sometimes while out shopping.
6) They return home. Guy announces plans to change his lifestyle, downsize, become less material.
7) Girl dumps him.

The rest is fallout. Anyway, it's just one theory.


And it goes without saying she's the stereotypical MPDG.

Great summary, you should write romantic comedies.
2013-03-12 09:40:05 AM
2 votes:

Pocket Ninja: His description of Olga makes me think his life trajectory is actually closer to something like this:

1) Guy makes a lot of money, is happy, buys lots of crap he doesn't need.
2) Guy meets girl who's very different from the normal, vapid, airheaded, money-grubbing girls he normally meets. She travels places he's never been, listens to bands he's never heard of, is shockingly open about how much she enjoys sex, and constantly talks about how she doesn't care about money.
3) "Doesn't care about money" actually translates to "doesn't have money," but regardless of that fact she has learned that life can be experienced, gripped by the teeth, so to speak, by befriending people who do have it.
4) Girl who doesn't care about/have money and guy who has money and wants to keep farking girl go on trip together to gritty but safe third world destination. He sees gritty things, like people bathing in rivers. Girl has a copy of "Lonely Planet" that they use to find authentic local restaurants filled with backpack-toting Americans.
5) Guy begins to believe girl's message that money is unimportant, despite the fact that he is paying for everything. He begins to question his previous values. She encourages him, sometimes while out shopping.
6) They return home. Guy announces plans to change his lifestyle, downsize, become less material.
7) Girl dumps him.

The rest is fallout. Anyway, it's just one theory.


Don't let Hollywood see this, or we'll be seeing a trailer for the movie by the end of the year.
2013-03-12 09:20:13 AM
2 votes:
So when was he the bigger pompous asshole, when he had a lot of shiat or now that he's a minimalist? Or is it about even?
2013-03-12 09:18:43 AM
2 votes:

RexTalionis: I'm pretty unhappy with my non-materialistic lifestyle.


ftfm
2013-03-12 06:12:12 PM
1 votes:
I'm about to become homeless by May 2013 (less than 2 months from now) and I'm not a guy who spends money like I have an infinite supply of it. I'm very thrifty and choose the cheapest brands that does the same thing to an acceptable level.

I could definitely use this story's guy's luck. Ever since I was a kid I knew that even if I became very rich I wouldn't be spending it for the sake of spending, yet look what has happened to me. I'm going to lose everything. The apartment I rent, the piano I play, the computer I work on. Life sucks for me and I don't have anybody to help me get out of this mess.

Maybe if there's some magical life essence out there that provides people with good fortune, now is the time for me to get a taste of a little goodness. Back to job hunting and working I go.
2013-03-12 06:09:52 PM
1 votes:
He divested the "inessential" but kept this farking vest?   graphics8.nytimes.com
2013-03-12 05:38:03 PM
1 votes:
Ever notice how it's always some guy who got rich and is STILL rich doing this? I see it all the time, guys who made millions a year for years but then are burned out and become teachers or something.

Teachers who still have a couple million in the bank.
2013-03-12 05:09:41 PM
1 votes:
Asshole becomes rich.

Asshole stays unhappy.

Asshole spends 15 years getting rid of his shiat.

Asshole still is an asshole.
2013-03-12 02:54:42 PM
1 votes:

olddinosaur: SUMMARY:

 "I used to be a self--absorbed dork with a better--than--you attitude and a lot of useless expensive junk to prove it, but now I am a self--absorbed dork with a better--than--you  attitude, who has learned to be just as much of a self--absorbed dork as ever, but not to spend so much money at it."

That about get it?


"It turns out that having no responsibilities and travelling around Europe and Southeast Asia with an exotic farkbuddy is more enjoyable than sitting alone in a house with some electronic gadgets.  Who knew?"



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I think I'm gonna have a heart attack and die, that's such a surprise.
2013-03-12 02:42:32 PM
1 votes:

Mr_Fabulous: Karne: nickerj1: Weigard: I can't wait for this guy's Ted talk.

I've never understood the appeal of Ted talks.  I watched maybe 10 of them before I realized they were self-absorbed know-it-alls who think they need to educate everyone about a niche topic, which they usually only know a modicum about.  No offense Drew, but yours was a prime example.

100 percent chance of nobody anywhere at any time asking YOU to give one, that's for sure.

True Fact: My nephew just gave a TED Talk at UNC, about sexism in gamer culture. He did OK.


Excellent.

Hating on Ted talks is a new one for me. "I can't stand it when top people in their fields share information! It's soooo lame!"
2013-03-12 02:14:43 PM
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: "Money isn't important! Taking a couple of years off to travel around the world with your closest friends is what's important!"


THIS. FFS, yes, you should invest in travel, good food, etc., but you  need the money to do that first, you pompous twit. For the rest of us, you're not giving advice, you're just pointing out that the system is rigged to people like you who lucked into money (or people who were born into it). Fark off.
2013-03-12 01:33:45 PM
1 votes:
Long story short: If you have the ability to  choose to live a type of life, it's fine for you to let the rest of us know how that works and make reasoned arguments as to why it might work for someone else.  It's not fine for you to imply that you're better than the rest of us just for making that choice, since some of us don't have the option to make those choices.  Hence, I'm not impressed by the minimalist argument presented by someone with megabucks, because they aren't really trying to argue for minimalism.  They're just wanting admiration for being in a position where they had so much crap that they could give it away and still maintain a decent standard of living. The people who have no choice but to be minimalists might be happy that way, or they might be living life without a safety net.

Likewise, I choose a restricted, plant-based diet, for health reasons.  I don't expect admiration for it, especially considering many people would have neither the means nor the methods to follow it themselves, or may be in a situation in which rich foods and meats aren't something to which they have access anyway.  I understand that because I get to choose whether I buy my food at the farmer's market or at a fancy restaurant, I'm one of the lucky ones.
2013-03-12 01:33:20 PM
1 votes:

Joe Peanut: His minimalist life includes an apartment in SoHo, a $4,000 dining room table, and a $8,000+ bed.


All the stuff he bought the first time was about attracting women.

Now everything he does and buys is about establishing that he is not materialistic and shallow.  He finally realized that just being rich doesn't make you a desirable social contact. He wants the respect that buying things didnt bring him.  It just ,means he spends more money on fewer things.

For me it meant realizing I was only ever going to carry one concealed handgun, so there was little point in owning one of every awesome cool new weapon on the market.
And that there wasnt much point in having the best party house in the neighborhood if I was too busy to ever have a party.
2013-03-12 01:25:45 PM
1 votes:
If he wanted to be really smug, he should donate what is in his bank account to charity and go join the peace corps
2013-03-12 01:18:38 PM
1 votes:
His minimalist life includes an apartment in SoHo, a $4,000 dining room table, and a $8,000+ bed.
2013-03-12 01:17:44 PM
1 votes:
Once and for all, people:

Money DOES NOT buy happiness.

Money IS happiness.
2013-03-12 01:09:37 PM
1 votes:

santadog: When I moved from one state to another to start a business, I sold just about everything I owned off.
I've been unencumbered since then.
It's true.. don't let your possessions possess you.


From your profile:

Lives: Austin, Texas in the winter and then Estes Park, Colorado in the summer.
not buying into consumerism

ActivitiesScootering, hiking, camping, exploring, road trips, photography, playing with my cattle dog, kayaking, wandering... 
You sound a lot like the author of the article.  I could be wrong, as maybe you are living in a tent city in your separate winter and summer home locations.  But you sound like someone who is doing fine financially (which most of the nation can't say at this point) while at the same time lecturing about what decisions others make with their money.

2013-03-12 01:09:02 PM
1 votes:
I love gardening and baking. Those two things require a lot of stuff that I wouldn't save in a house fire and a lot more space than a 400 sq ft apartment, but doing them make me happy. If you love reading all day and can get away with an iPad or kindle, good for you. Some hobbies take up more space and require more stuff than others.
2013-03-12 01:05:13 PM
1 votes:
Own less, care about it less.
2013-03-12 01:03:15 PM
1 votes:
When I moved from one state to another to start a business, I sold just about everything I owned off.
I've been unencumbered since then.
It's true.. don't let your possessions possess you.
2013-03-12 12:57:13 PM
1 votes:

Lollipop165: Big Man On Campus: All you need to have done to see the epidemic of materialism was to drive through south central Los Angeles on any weekend, preferably holiday weekend, before the 2007/2008 crash and look at the cars the people who live there drive. It seemed that a double-digit percentage of people that live in the LA Slums at one point owned a Cadillac Escalade. Their homes usually had bars on the windows and the yards were not well maintained. However, their mobile-status symbol which they had probably not made regular payments on, let them drive anywhere in LA and appear "wealthy".

Materialism run amok, L.A. is the heart of it all.

Hehe, same in NYC. The project's parking lots are filled with SWEET cars.

And my husband and I make a living in the top 8% and don't even own one.


I'm not sure poor people renting nice things is pure materialism as much as it is hopelessness.  When one doesn't believe they have a chance at a successful future, there isn't much incentive to save money.  This goes double for anyone who gets their income from criminal activity. Talk to poor people about smoking and how it is a drain on their wallet and health, and they will often respond with both an acknowledgement that you are correct as well as a presenting their habit as some type of defiance against their lot in life.  Smoking feels good now, and they will be a paycheck or two away from the streets whether they quit or not.

Of course I'm not saying they are right to think this way, as they would all be better off if they made good decisions. You can see this kind of behavior in other ways in other walks of life as well. It isn't restricted to being poor.  People who don't think they will find love not bothering to make themselves more attractive, etc.
2013-03-12 12:55:43 PM
1 votes:
Reminds me of the awful 1982 song by Charlene. In "I've Never Been to Me" she endlessly brags about all the crazy things she's done in her youth and then preaches about the evils of "subtle whoring."
2013-03-12 12:44:58 PM
1 votes:

Ambitwistor: "It Would Be Great if Millionaires Didn't Lecture Us on 'Living With Less'"



Oh man, that article hit the nail on the head perfectly.
2013-03-12 12:37:28 PM
1 votes:
All you need to have done to see the epidemic of materialism was to drive through south central Los Angeles on any weekend, preferably holiday weekend, before the 2007/2008 crash and look at the cars the people who live there drive. It seemed that a double-digit percentage of people that live in the LA Slums at one point owned a Cadillac Escalade. Their homes usually had bars on the windows and the yards were not well maintained. However, their mobile-status symbol which they had probably not made regular payments on, let them drive anywhere in LA and appear "wealthy".

Materialism run amok, L.A. is the heart of it all.
2013-03-12 12:28:16 PM
1 votes:

Magnanimous_J: lostcat: I couldn't help but imagine all those cars leaving in a steady stream; returning to houses and apartments that slowly filled up with new things, while old things made their way to the dump.

Everything in the universe is cyclical. Stars form, live, supernova and disperse the elements that coalesce into the solar system that is born in its place.

Stagnancy in anything is unnatural.


You start dying when you stop changing. That's my theory at least.
2013-03-12 12:25:34 PM
1 votes:

WTF Indeed: Lumpmoose: A phone isn't supposed to "excite" you or improve your emotional state.  You sound farked up in the head in a way that shouldn't be blamed on materialism.  See a therapist.  Moving from one extreme to the other doesn't make you wise.

The problem is he is like many people who don't have the money to upgrade their lives yet still feel the need to do it anyway.  So instead of writing an article about this problem, he wrote one about how stuff doesn't buy happiness while sitting in his $2,000-a month NYC apartment.


UGH. A friend of mine is going through a depression, which of course is really serious but he's become such a prick. He goes to me all knowingly and haughty: "Money doesn't buy you happiness". I told him that I agree, and that is why even though I can make double my salary in corporate, I prefer my independent contractor lifestyle. I take happiness and lifestyle over money. But he kept on behaving like I have NO IDEA what he was talking about. And so basically I said, "Really? Money doesn't make you happy? That's rich, coming from a guy wearing a Rolex who lives in a $600k 1 bedroom. Seriously, why don't you ask how happy your salary would make your maid?"

His wife (who is grew up in a very working class lifestyle in the Midwest) busted out laughing.
2013-03-12 12:14:17 PM
1 votes:

Pocket Ninja: His description of Olga makes me think his life trajectory is actually closer to something like this:

1) Guy makes a lot of money, is happy, buys lots of crap he doesn't need.
2) Guy meets girl who's very different from the normal, vapid, airheaded, money-grubbing girls he normally meets. She travels places he's never been, listens to bands he's never heard of, is shockingly open about how much she enjoys sex, and constantly talks about how she doesn't care about money.
3) "Doesn't care about money" actually translates to "doesn't have money," but regardless of that fact she has learned that life can be experienced, gripped by the teeth, so to speak, by befriending people who do have it.
4) Girl who doesn't care about/have money and guy who has money and wants to keep farking girl go on trip together to gritty but safe third world destination. He sees gritty things, like people bathing in rivers. Girl has a copy of "Lonely Planet" that they use to find authentic local restaurants filled with backpack-toting Americans.
5) Guy begins to believe girl's message that money is unimportant, despite the fact that he is paying for everything. He begins to question his previous values. She encourages him, sometimes while out shopping.
6) They return home. Guy announces plans to change his lifestyle, downsize, become less material.
7) Girl dumps him.

The rest is fallout. Anyway, it's just one theory.


OK, focus groups tell us that we need a sassy black female and a precocious , wise beyond his/her ate, child and/or a snarky but kind old lady.

We have Zooey Deschanel's people on the phone, but we are not sure about the male lead.

Just make sure the "Third world country" doesn't look too third world and we can open the champagne...
2013-03-12 12:13:20 PM
1 votes:
He's single and has no children. Have fun living in a 420 sq. ft. studio whenever you get wife and kid.
2013-03-12 12:11:22 PM
1 votes:

wumpus: I have 10 percent of the books I once did.

How could that possibly be a good thing? Most people would get rid of opulent things to make more room for books. Did he just keep the 5 he had actually read?


I need to get rid of all my books and get a kindle.  He probably just did the same thing while saving a handful of the books he likes to present to company.
2013-03-12 12:10:14 PM
1 votes:

JohnBigBootay: Although I would not write an article about it on the internet I actually agree with the guy in many ways.


That travelling the world with no real concern of future needs is superior to be tied down to one location while working most of your waking hours in the hopes that you don't end up bankrupt sometime in the future when you may have kids you need to raise?

Yea, I agree with that.
2013-03-12 11:54:31 AM
1 votes:

Magnanimous_J: Your lifestyle still requires you to be wealthy, and money is material, even if it's being exchanged for experiences and plane tickets instead of luxury cars.


This.
2013-03-12 11:46:23 AM
1 votes:

sigdiamond2000: You know, between this and the Slate article yesterday by the allergic woman bragging about pestering a grieving mother at a wake about the peanut content of the food, I'm really starting to wonder whether these supposedly legitimate web sites/newspapers are purposely publishing stuff they know is trollish just for page hits.

I mean, I can't imagine more than 3% of the population not wanting to punch this guy in the face after reading this article. They have to realize that, right?


THIS.  I'm typically non-violent but this self-absorbed douche needs a punch to the throat.

Quote: "Aside from my travel habit - which I try to keep in check by minimizing trips, combining trips and purchasing carbon offsets - I feel better that my carbon footprint is significantly smaller than in my previous supersized life."

If only we could all have the time to stress about our carbon footprint.  He reminds me of every hill staffer/intern that I've ever met in DC.
2013-03-12 11:43:10 AM
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: "Money isn't important! Taking a couple of years off to travel around the world with your closest friends is what's important!"


I dated a trust funder---a guy who never worked a day in his life and was unlikely to ever need to---who thought this way.  He was always traveling, always taking pictures.  He couldn't understand that I couldn't just drop everything in my life (read: job and school) and travel with him whenever he wanted.   Even when I was working just-barely-above-minimum-wage jobs without any benefits, he'd say things like "just use some vacation days."

\no surprise: it didn't work out
2013-03-12 11:29:05 AM
1 votes:
An old song, just a different tenor.

www.superawesomewow.com
'You can't own things, man.'
2013-03-12 11:19:52 AM
1 votes:

DubyaHater: I respect this man.  Most people are truly unhappy with their material possessions.  We are always trying to acquire the latest gadget and latest technology in a vain attempt to show our friends and colleagues how much money we have.  We end up in a vicious cycle of acquiring more and more meaningless possessions that end up in our attics/basements.  It's a sad life we all lead.

In the past few years, I have rejected cable for the mundane programming it provides.  I also rejected my XBox because video games do not provide positive mental stimulation.  With the loss of my cable and XBox, I discovered my television was no longer useful and I sold that on Craig's List.  Now I can properly stimulate my mind and study the world we live in.  I can sit down at a dinner table and have deep, meaningful discussions about classical music and Renaissance art.

I sold my newer automobiles with all their fancy technology for a 1995 Honda Accord that gets 25mpg.  It has a radio (for NPR) and A/C.  What more do I need?  I can buy a map at a gas station for $3 if I need directions.

Obviously most people could never understand the way I live.  Most people reject a simplistic lifestyle for fear of ridicule by their "friends".  But let me ask you, are they really your friends if they judge you by the life you lead?  Since I switched to a more ideal lifestyle, I have met people who truly accept me.  I have rejected those who live in their materialistic world.  They could never understand the pleasures I now experience.


Respect him? I'd respect him more if he had said that he stopped chasing the latest gadget, car, house, hot young thing and learned to enjoy those he had. He just went from one extreme to the other and does not seem to realize the problem does not lie with his stuff, but with himself.

You also sound like someone who is reaching for something that they don't quite understand. Who seems to want to be a deep thinker. Getting rid of your stuff is not the way to happiness, realizing that X-Boxs, TV's, Houses, Cars, etc... are just and they have a place in your life, but are not your life. You can enjoy video games and not be obssesed by them, you can have a big screen TV and not worry about it being the latest, greatest HD, 3D, Plasma monstrosity, your house can be the place you lay your head, your refuge from the world, with out needing a 10,000 dollar living room, a 20,000 dollar bathroom, etc...

Both you and this author seem to think your lifestyle is superior to everyone else's, this just makes you and him tools. Besides nobody cares, nobody really gives a shiat if you want to pretend it is the 1950's, because this makes you feel superior. We don't care, other then to point out you sound like a douche bag when you talk about your "superior" life style.
2013-03-12 11:18:42 AM
1 votes:

Knoughah: TFA:  blah blah blah something something i don't have kids i don't have kids i don't have kids have you smelled my farts they're delicious


You sound like someone with kids who wished they didn`t have kids.
2013-03-12 11:17:30 AM
1 votes:
If you need anything except yourself to be content then you never will be content.

Some people don`t need to be assholes for a few decades before they realise this.
2013-03-12 11:17:26 AM
1 votes:
I will believe him when he gives all his money to me.
2013-03-12 11:14:49 AM
1 votes:
if you have resource to do something productive with, you should be putting it to use, generating more resource, and giving to charity.
2013-03-12 11:12:51 AM
1 votes:

slayer199: Hey, whatever makes you happy...but I hardly think it warrants a hero tag.


Sure it does. He's a hero to pompous douchebags everywhere.
2013-03-12 11:10:16 AM
1 votes:
Yeah, I'm getting a little tired of these "I now live in a 7 square foot room, and I'm so excited that I spend 24 hours a day sitting on my placemat/bed and masturbating furiously, content in the knowledge that I'm better than anyone else." screeds...

shiat of hands here: Who actually thinks this guy is anything special? Except for whoever gave this shiat the 'Hero' tag of course...
2013-03-12 11:07:55 AM
1 votes:

GiantRex: Pocket Ninja: His description of Olga makes me think his life trajectory is actually closer to something like this:

1) Guy makes a lot of money, is happy, buys lots of crap he doesn't need.
2) Guy meets girl who's very different from the normal, vapid, airheaded, money-grubbing girls he normally meets. She travels places he's never been, listens to bands he's never heard of, is shockingly open about how much she enjoys sex, and constantly talks about how she doesn't care about money.
3) "Doesn't care about money" actually translates to "doesn't have money," but regardless of that fact she has learned that life can be experienced, gripped by the teeth, so to speak, by befriending people who do have it.
4) Girl who doesn't care about/have money and guy who has money and wants to keep farking girl go on trip together to gritty but safe third world destination. He sees gritty things, like people bathing in rivers. Girl has a copy of "Lonely Planet" that they use to find authentic local restaurants filled with backpack-toting Americans.
5) Guy begins to believe girl's message that money is unimportant, despite the fact that he is paying for everything. He begins to question his previous values. She encourages him, sometimes while out shopping.
6) They return home. Guy announces plans to change his lifestyle, downsize, become less material.
7) Girl dumps him.

The rest is fallout. Anyway, it's just one theory.

Don't let Hollywood see this, or we'll be seeing a trailer for the movie by the end of the year.


Starring John Cusack and Lisa Bonet
2013-03-12 11:07:30 AM
1 votes:

quickdraw: The ancient Greeks avoided fame and the sin of hubris at all costs. Why? Because it would bring attention from the Gods and nothing good ever came from that kind of attention. I did not understand that fully until the invention of the internet.


Quote of the farking day.
2013-03-12 11:06:35 AM
1 votes:

Generation_D: So an attention whore narcissist who no longer got enough reward for buying things, decides to go the other extreme, and wants attention for not buying things.

Woop de woop.

Next up: he starts a religion.


THIS!!!!!!
2013-03-12 11:02:40 AM
1 votes:

Ambitwistor: "It Would Be Great if Millionaires Didn't Lecture Us on 'Living With Less'"


That's farking awesome
2013-03-12 11:01:20 AM
1 votes:
I can kid of relate to what the article is about.  I used to have a three bedroom house filled with crap.  I took a job in New York and had to condense all that crap into a 230 SF apartment (not a typo).  I gave away pretty much everything except a couch, bed, dresser, dishes, clothes, TV and stereo.  Living that way really is much less complicated.  Cleaning takes almost no time, impulse shopping goes away since there's no room to put anything.  Of course, that was 12 years ago.  Now I have a five bedroom house and a bunch of kids and I'm right back to having wall to wall shiat piled up.  To quote a guy from Carcraft magazine "I don't have a retirement, but I have a lot of memories".
2013-03-12 10:55:38 AM
1 votes:
He quoted Chuck Palahniuk several times, and didn't mention it. Does plagiarism not count in shiatty blog posts?
2013-03-12 10:53:28 AM
1 votes:
Needs a douchebag tag
2013-03-12 10:53:23 AM
1 votes:
Zen Buddhism basically.  This philosophy is nothing new.  What I think really happened is this guy really liked the movie "Fight Club" and wanted to be Tyler Durden.  His transformation and the release of that movie happened at about the same time.
2013-03-12 10:53:16 AM
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: "Money isn't important! Taking a couple of years off to travel around the world with your closest friends is what's important!"


Exactly.

Look, travel adventures are my #1 favorite thing in life and I wouldn't trade those experiences for all the money in the world, blah blah blah. No question about it. But I make no pretense about it, either... travel is a goddamned expensive hobby. And the farther you go, the pricier it can be.

This guy's story in a nutshell: "I used to be a complete and utter twat with first-world problems out the ass. Now, I believe I have fewer first-world problems but I'm still a clueless DeutscheBank."
2013-03-12 10:52:04 AM
1 votes:
Why is it that "minimalist" bloggers always seem to have the very latest MacBook Pro? A true minimalist writer would use a pen and a paper notebook, not some overly complicated, technologically advanced device.
2013-03-12 10:48:13 AM
1 votes:
I once thought that I could be happy without owning stuff, but it turned out I was just poor. I'm still poor, but now I'm poor enough to afford stuff that I can actually enjoy.
2013-03-12 10:45:19 AM
1 votes:
Hero tag?  Really?
2013-03-12 10:40:06 AM
1 votes:
Longest justification for being forever alone that I've heard.
2013-03-12 10:39:03 AM
1 votes:
"Money isn't important! Taking a couple of years off to travel around the world with your closest friends is what's important!"
2013-03-12 10:38:42 AM
1 votes:

sigdiamond2000: As out of touch as the Northeastern elite may be, I find it very hard to believe that the NYT didn't realize that they were publishing a story that was going to generate almost nothing but hate for this f*ckstick.


Ohhh they know, it generates page hits
2013-03-12 10:29:58 AM
1 votes:
I don't have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 percent of the books I once did.

Me too! Going digital is great.
2013-03-12 10:28:04 AM
1 votes:

RexTalionis: Lumpmoose: A phone isn't supposed to "excite" you or improve your emotional state. You sound farked up in the head in a way that shouldn't be blamed on materialism. See a therapist. Moving from one extreme to the other doesn't make you wise.

My phone improves my emotional state.


yeah but that has more to do with your abuse of the vibration function than your reliance on materialism.
2013-03-12 10:07:21 AM
1 votes:

Lumpmoose: A phone isn't supposed to "excite" you or improve your emotional state.  You sound farked up in the head in a way that shouldn't be blamed on materialism.  See a therapist.  Moving from one extreme to the other doesn't make you wise.


The problem is he is like many people who don't have the money to upgrade their lives yet still feel the need to do it anyway.  So instead of writing an article about this problem, he wrote one about how stuff doesn't buy happiness while sitting in his $2,000-a month NYC apartment.
2013-03-12 09:58:03 AM
1 votes:
Last year when the wildfires almost wiped out my house, I was evacuating. I looked around at my place deciding what to bring with me, because I was going to lose whatever I didn't take. I grabbed some clothes, food, my computer and a few guitars. That's all i really needed to survive in today's world... besides a place to live. But, I have a bunch more stuff than that.
2013-03-12 09:48:22 AM
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: Generation_D: Pocket Ninja: His description of Olga makes me think his life trajectory is actually closer to something like this:

1) Guy makes a lot of money, is happy, buys lots of crap he doesn't need.
2) Guy meets girl who's very different from the normal, vapid, airheaded, money-grubbing girls he normally meets. She travels places he's never been, listens to bands he's never heard of, is shockingly open about how much she enjoys sex, and constantly talks about how she doesn't care about money.
3) "Doesn't care about money" actually translates to "doesn't have money," but regardless of that fact she has learned that life can be experienced, gripped by the teeth, so to speak, by befriending people who do have it.
4) Girl who doesn't care about/have money and guy who has money and wants to keep farking girl go on trip together to gritty but safe third world destination. He sees gritty things, like people bathing in rivers. Girl has a copy of "Lonely Planet" that they use to find authentic local restaurants filled with backpack-toting Americans.
5) Guy begins to believe girl's message that money is unimportant, despite the fact that he is paying for everything. He begins to question his previous values. She encourages him, sometimes while out shopping.
6) They return home. Guy announces plans to change his lifestyle, downsize, become less material.
7) Girl dumps him.

The rest is fallout. Anyway, it's just one theory.

And it goes without saying she's the stereotypical MPDG.

Great summary, you should write romantic comedies.

It just needs a snappy, yet wistful, title.


"Upsizing Your Heart"

"Love in 1/4 of the space"

"The Gimp at Home" - That's the BDSM fan fic of the movie where instead of traveling the world looking for food they travel the world looking for sex dungeons.
2013-03-12 09:44:49 AM
1 votes:

Generation_D: Pocket Ninja: His description of Olga makes me think his life trajectory is actually closer to something like this:

1) Guy makes a lot of money, is happy, buys lots of crap he doesn't need.
2) Guy meets girl who's very different from the normal, vapid, airheaded, money-grubbing girls he normally meets. She travels places he's never been, listens to bands he's never heard of, is shockingly open about how much she enjoys sex, and constantly talks about how she doesn't care about money.
3) "Doesn't care about money" actually translates to "doesn't have money," but regardless of that fact she has learned that life can be experienced, gripped by the teeth, so to speak, by befriending people who do have it.
4) Girl who doesn't care about/have money and guy who has money and wants to keep farking girl go on trip together to gritty but safe third world destination. He sees gritty things, like people bathing in rivers. Girl has a copy of "Lonely Planet" that they use to find authentic local restaurants filled with backpack-toting Americans.
5) Guy begins to believe girl's message that money is unimportant, despite the fact that he is paying for everything. He begins to question his previous values. She encourages him, sometimes while out shopping.
6) They return home. Guy announces plans to change his lifestyle, downsize, become less material.
7) Girl dumps him.

The rest is fallout. Anyway, it's just one theory.

And it goes without saying she's the stereotypical MPDG.

Great summary, you should write romantic comedies.


It just needs a snappy, yet wistful, title.
2013-03-12 09:28:16 AM
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i286.photobucket.com
2013-03-12 09:19:08 AM
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Gosh he easily walked away from a bunch of crap that held no meaning for him in the first place. How evolved of him.
2013-03-12 09:15:25 AM
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RexTalionis: I'm pretty happy with my materialistic lifestyle.

 
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