If I Had 40 Thousand Dollars

I feel a bit mer­ce­nary do­ing this, be­cause mon­ey isn’t the on­ly rea­son I’m seek­ing a non-dead-end job. But while I’m craft­ing my on­line Statement of Ambition as it per­tains to my ca­reer, I might as well dish out some ba­sic met­rics for what cer­tain salaries would mean to my lifestyle; at least in Cleveland. I’ve tried to frame it so that it should be easy to see how much mon­ey I’d ac­tu­al­ly end up giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ty. $30k won’t get me far in NYC.

If I had a job in Cleveland that paid me $30k a year I could:

• Drink more than one beer at lo­cal bars like Edison’s and The Literary Café.
• Buy beer for my friends at afore­men­tioned bars.
• Go out to eat at lo­cal places like Stevenson’s Hamburgers and the Lincoln Park Pub on Taco Tuesdays.
• Have an in­ter­net con­nec­tion at home.

If I had a job in Cleveland that paid me $35k a year I could:

• Drink more beer at lo­cal bars, and do a Bar Crawl of the fan­cy places like The Velvet Tango Room and 806 for Tremonter.
• Buy more beer for my friends at afore­men­tioned bars.
• Take girls on dates.
• Pay off my stu­dent loans twice as fast and save a bit.
• Go out to eat at lo­cal places and con­tin­ue my search for the best burg­er in Cleveland. I could al­so prob­a­bly eat at a fan­cy restau­rant like Fahrenheit once or twice with­out hav­ing to save up for it first.
• Join Cleveland Colectivo.
• Take a pro­gram­ming class at Tri-C or an­oth­er lo­cal col­lege.
• Move in­to a larg­er apart­ment that would al­low me to have a dog.
• Take a small va­ca­tion to go camp­ing and fish­ing.
• Buy a small piece of art from a lo­cal artist.
• Have an in­ter­net con­nec­tion at home.
• Start fenc­ing again.

If I had a job in Cleveland that paid me $40k a year I could:

• Drink more beer at lo­cal bars.
• Buy more beer for my friends at afore­men­tioned bars.
• Pay off my stu­dent loans thrice as fast and al­so save or in­vest a bit.
• Go out to eat at lo­cal places and con­tin­ue my search for the best burg­er in Cleveland. I could al­so prob­a­bly eat at a fan­cy restau­rant and even take a girl on a date there.
• Join Cleveland Colectivo.
• Take a pro­gram­ming class at Tri-C or an­oth­er lo­cal col­lege.
• Buy a fix­er-up­per house and get a dog.
• Afford to en­ter Notre Dame Football Ticket lot­tery.
• Create a small schol­ar­ship for walk-on fencers at ND.
• Take a fun va­ca­tion some­place.
• Buy a small/​medium piece of art from a lo­cal artist.
• Have an in­ter­net con­nec­tion at home.
• Start fenc­ing again.

15 thoughts on “If I Had 40 Thousand Dollars

  1. Just asking.…are these net or gross #‘s?

    Because I do fall in that range, but let me tell you, af­ter Uncle Sam and the stu­dent loan com­pa­nies take their share, it’s still be­low the 30K take-home mark.

  2. I wouldn’t say too loud­ly that you are an ND grad and don’t make that much. Their alum­ni dept will be all over you for neg­a­tive pub­lic­i­ty. Ha ha.

  3. tad­vent, you sound like you are a bit jeal­ous of Adam’s ND con­nec­tion. You aren’t a BC grad or per­haps you got wait­list­ed in try­ing to get in­to ND? 😉

  4. Jmay -
    I nev­er ap­plied, how­ev­er I’ve been there sev­er­al times dur­ing and since col­lege. I have a few friends that went there. 

    I al­ways got the im­pres­sion that ND students/​grads were pom­pus. My friends in­clud­ed. The whole we are bet­ter than the world thing. The whole, our foot­ball team is not what it could be be­cause we have tougher ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards for atheletes. The whole we have spe­cial bricks that on­ly we can use to build our build­ings.

    Kind of al­ways want­ed to make me puke.

  5. I can see how the ra­bid fa­nati­cism of ND fans could come across as snob­bery, and per­haps the in­su­la­tion of Catholic cul­ture and the wealth of many of the stu­dents’ fam­i­lies makes them a lit­tle less en­gaged with the re­al world. I know that I was pret­ty tired of deal­ing with peo­ple who’d nev­er been to a pub­lic school or nev­er had to work dur­ing high school and col­lege.

    For the most part they all mean well though.

  6. tad­vent–
    Sorry you ran in­to the 5% of ND folks that give the oth­er 95% a bad name. I hon­est­ly think you’ve just had some bad luck in that re­gard, there are al­ways some rot­ten ap­ples in every bar­rel.

  7. It’s cool, I’ve had some great times up there. I just have to bust your guys chops. I bare­ly re­mem­ber a few nights at the Linebacker and Senior Bar.…

    I did find it strange to go up there on a road trip, it was a fri­day night, and the place that had the most peo­ple was the Library.…

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