Sunday, December 10, 2006

Toys

Zurich is so much more fun when you're earning money. It's an expensive city. So far, food and entertainment have been my largest budget items. With food taken care of – courtesy Larry and Sergey – my disposable income seems comfortable. Modern life constantly reminds us of all the niceties out there: Plasma TVs, whirlpools, designer furniture, luxury weekend trips, and fancy restaurants all seem within reach.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that every Swiss Franc I spend will impact my future choices: Once you get used to a certain standard of living, it's hard to go back. Being a poor grad student already seems unappealing, and going back to the ascetic experience of startup is hard to endure with the monthly insurance payments on that fancy sports car. That's why I had my future flatmate and fellow Googler Markus promise to watch over my lifestyle spending.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, money is really-really important for you.

Anonymous said...

I like people who know nothing better than to speak all the time about money. Somehow I have the feeling that this kind of people must be very boring!!

Gabor said...

With all due respect, my dear Anonymous friend, who are you to judge?

Money is "really-really" important, not just to me: You can't live without it. It will make your life more secure, it will substantially improve your happiness, and make you more attractive and healthy.

Gabor said...

Anonymous #2: You're being ridiculous! If you don't like to talk to such people, don't read their blogs.

Almost all my posts so far have been about economics, technology, startups software - all closely related to money. If you don't want to read about this, don't come here. Thanks and have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

You are right, I really don’t like to speak with that kind of people. When I read your post, I had to write my opinion. If you have nothing better to do than to speak about BMW and money, I feel extremely sorry for you.

Gabor said...

My post is about surging income for people who just finished studying and the resulting lifestyle choices. Nowhere did I mention the words "BMW" or "money". I think what pissed you off was the *picture* of a BMW, I included for illustrative purposes (the title of the post being "toys").

I sometimes wish I had more diligent commenters who actually read my posts and don't make their judgement based on less than 200 words of my writing.

F said...

Dear anonymous,

although I find your comment very out-of-place as it is, I find it especially strange as Gabor is talking about restricting his luxury spending so money won't cloud his future judgement.

I suggest you read before you post in the future.

Best,
F

Christian said...

hm, I actually wanted to thank you for this post, however, reading the other comments and, especially, your comments to their comments made me thinking...
whatever, I think you are right that it is quite difficult to decide about one's lifestyle after graduation. it is easy to go into a more comfortable one, but the other direction might be rather hard. I wish you all the best for your decisions ;-)

T said...

Actually, BMWs work wonders with the ladies. So with Gabor being the p*ssy magnet that he already is, just imagine the possibilities a shiny new 3 series will open ;)

(But beware: parking in Zurich is a pain - the parking garages close at 10 pm)

Reinhard said...

Gabor,

why shouldn't you indulge yourself? Enjoy the moment. Humans are masters of adaption. Things are not important. You can easily sell them, and you will quickly forget about them. When (start-up) time comes, you will know which things really matter.

However, do your start-up before you start a family (or take up a mortgage). With those dependancies come responsibilites. It is possible with them, but it is just easier without them.

bálint said...

Hi Gabor,

I have just noticed it:

Gabor: - Nowhere did I mention the words "BMW" or "money"

Well, take a closer look on the the first sentence. Anyway...

cheers,
balint

Gabor said...

balint: Point taken. I need to learn how to use Ctrl-F :-)