« on: August 09, 2011, 05:19:52 PM »
Hmmm. I thought I was being soft enough to be helpful rather than piss you off- guess not. It's okay. Look, you don't have to defend yourself, but most of us in the US pays 10X more than is necessary. You can buy a very reliable car for $5K with only liability and be totally fine. Nissan makes a $4K new car and does not market it in the US because they know we will pay 10X as much on average. THEY KNOW IT.
Human beings have lived for a long time without AC. It is a luxury, an unhealthy one at that. You get used to summer if you don't isolate yourself from it, it isn't that bad even in the S East. Really, you and your kids would be totally fine without it. One quick question on the AC issue: Do you think its healthy not to sweat for decades? Millions of people don't. I know I'm a freak on this issue, the US has become AC addicted and some how many people do consider it a necessity. Personally, I hate AC and wish it had never been invented. But hey, it is the middle of summer and I wear a wool suit to the courthouse. Makes perfect sense.
Onto food expenses, come on you really don't think $100 per person per month two of whom are kids is expensive? Okay, I'll give it to ya. I don't agree, but oh well. All subway all day would be cheaper. It cost Jared less.
Phone, I pay $25 a month and use a smart phone. I have to have only for my job too. The three big companies charge crazy amount for services you can buy elsewhere. Utilities, AC might be a huge gulper there. Solar panels still seem too hippieish for some people, but if it pays for itself in two years- I don't know. I hope you enjoy your house, it sure is expensive.
Lastly, how to say this? Your response reeks of character assassination and credibility undermining rhetoric. Not kool, man and totally unnecessary. Why would I fight with you over what you pay? If you want to pay more than you need for things that aren't necessary, then by all means be my guest. It's the American way, isn't it? You are entitled to an opinion, but then so am I. Also, I was kind of hinting that your estimates were inflated, presumably, to strengthen your point. Hence the questioning, but oh well. Don't you love the circle. Cheers.