justira ([personal profile] justira) wrote2006-10-31 10:13 am
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Adventures in being a grownup

Well. I am now the proud owner of a 401(k). This actually rocks pretty hard. I've got a good benefits package now that I've made the temp to permament transition. I am also somewhat dismayed at myself for thinking a 401(k) is cool. I am losing my hipster edge. Woe, woe, woe!

But seriously, I'm somewhat boggled. I'm only 20, but I've got investments up the wazoo. I mean, I always figured, I'm not a big spender. I don't really have much in my life that I spend a lot of money on right now. Later on though? Hell yeah. Cars, houses, insurance, all that icky grownup stuff. I mean, compare. My current moneywasters as opposed to what I'll need later on. Video games, manga, art supplies, clothes once in a blue moon, books vs. mortgage payments/rent, car payments, insurance, student loan payments and books. Do I need more money now... or later? TOUGH QUESTION.

So basically I've been spreading money through various funds, stocks, and other investments since I was 18. I've got stocks, I've got high-interest savings accounts (whee, being an immigrant!), and now I have a 401(k) which I plan to max out like whoa. Social Security, you ain't got SQUAT on me, even though you eat a third of my paycheck. Hobag.

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I FEEL OLD.

I think I know the source of this wangst, though. It's Anakin. It's all Darth Vader's fault. Y'see, I've had Star Wars Episode III playing on repeat for over a week and I think the constant wangsting finally got to me. (For those who don't understand why I would possibly have that movie -- or anything else -- on repeat for a week, it's because I work really really poorly in silence, so it's been a habit of mine since I was about 14 to always have a movie I know well playing in the background. This way the auditory input is varied but constant and something I'm familiar with so I don't get distracted trying to listen and figure it out.)

Or actually, no, it might be Ann Coulter's fault. In my crusade to form my own opinions (and entertain myself in the process), I took [livejournal.com profile] lambspam's advice and started reading How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must). I've gotta say, I don't think I've ever been more offended, flabbergasted, or laugh-out-loud amused. Maybe she's the one responsible for my WOE WOE WOE-ful state as of late. My political education continues, however. Which demagogue should I investigate next?

Speaking of politics, wow, election. I'm glad I get up ass-early anyway (5:30, usually) so voting won't be a problem. Dude. Yo. All you of-age people on my flist.

VOTE.

I don't even care who for, just do it.

Well, okay, I do care, quite a lot, but it's more important to me that people involve themselves in the political process at all. So please vote. It's kind of important.

Okay, man, I'm grownuped-out for today. Actual causes for wangst: running [livejournal.com profile] grand_line_vine is hard, my writing is not cooperating at all, neither is my drawing, because of being majorly sick with tonsillitis for the past MONTH I'm behind schedule at [livejournal.com profile] picks_n_paeans, and it's been way too long since Axel appeared on screen as I play through KH2.

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