Frugal

I’m staying here alone in a hotel on a business trip, and I’ve finally had one more of those life experiences that I’d never tried before.

Don’t worry, it’s nothing gross or anything; I just ordered room service. Holy crap, that shit’s expensive! It’s one thing when you’re stuck in Glendale and facing the prospect of driving through the already-ridiculous LA traffic made worse by a torrential downpour, just for the sake of eating somewhere in Glendale. But that’s just my excuse for this once.

I can’t imagine living like that all the time — are there really people who do that? And worse, aspire to living like that? I’ll still waste money on goofy hobbies like videogames and comic books and such, but I can at least rationalize that away to saying it’s relatively rare. And it’s not the case where I’m freaked out about it because I have to pay for it; I don’t, but it still just feels wrong blowing that much money on something as stupid as food. (That wasn’t awful, but wasn’t particularly good, either).

Still, I’m in LA and I know that I’m surrounded by people whose goal is to get where they can afford to spend that much on food all the time. It just seems gross. Maybe I’m just not about the bling.

And that should give y’all a sign how interesting this trip has been; I’m sitting alone in a hotel room writing a rambling internet blog post about the distribution of wealth.

4 thoughts on “Frugal”

  1. Man, I LOOOOVE getting room service. Of course I always balk at the cost, but it’s always seemed worth it the times I’ve done it. Nothing beats eating eggs benedict in my jammies while sitting in bed and not giving a fuck whether I spil anything on the sheets or not.

  2. To each his own, I guess. I just don’t have the mindset for it. If I were having to pay for it, I’d be freaking out the whole time about how expensive it is. And when I’m not having to pay for it, it just makes me feel gross to be indulging like that.

  3. I tend to enjoy any meal that doesn’t involve me having to leave my house (or hotel room) or having to cook. And I also like more than just pizza or chinese food, so that means I end up spending more than I should on take-out, some of it kind of pricey (yes, I have paid the 8 buck delivery fee just to get something via Waiters on Wheels.) It just sometimes seems totally worth it to me.

    But I think if I were to do it every day, it might eventually creep me out that I was spending that much money on food.

  4. Also, you haven’t done room service until you’ve gotten totally drunk, it’s 2am, you’re ravenously hungry, you’re not near any 24 hour restaurants, and all you want is a pile of pancakes, some eggs and some sausage, and you get to your room and realize the hotel has 24 HOUR ROOM SERVICE AND BREAKFAST ALL DAY.

    At that point, 40 bucks for eggs, sausage and pancakes seems like mere pennies.

    Just don’t pass out before the delivery gets to your door.

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