A Month Without a Cell Phone

I have never enjoyed speaking on telephones. I would blame my career as an attorney – all those years of constant interruption from clients and creditors – for my disdain of telephones, and surely that contributed to it. But the truth is, I didn’t even like talking on phones as a youth. Over the years, I’ve known a few friends Read More …

Why Millennials Reject Consumerism

A while back, Google put an interesting article in front of my eyes. A number of people have observed a correlation between my generation and anti-consumerism tendencies. This article in particular, however, makes the argument that Millennials are not cultural rebels – rather, the American Dream has been kept out of our reach and unattainable. Oversampling Before I wade in Read More …

Implications of the Forgotten States Road Trip On My Future

Road trips provide excellent opportunities for reflection, introspection, and self-discovery. For me, TransWorld and the Forgotten States Road Trip were no exception to this rule. The trip gave me plenty to think about in terms of my future plans – where and how I’ll live, and how I’ll earn a living. Unfortunately, I’m left feeling like I’m back at square Read More …

Podcast Potpourri Post

As is my habit, I allowed several episodes of the Zero to Travel podcast to stack up in my queue before I departed on my road trip. There were a lot of interesting points raised, which triggered a lot of ancillary thoughts. Since these ideas come from multiple episodes, there’s not enough of an over-arching theme to tie them into Read More …

Job Satisfaction & Generation Lifestyles

Last night, I was reading a post from one of my hitchhiker friends on my Facebook feed. In that post, he explained that he had traveled 200 miles that day and was flat broke. He used a gift card to buy dinner and coffee, and then cashed out the rest for beer money. When I see posts from him that Read More …

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Material Wealth

I’ll preface this entry by confessing that I’m in a bit of a foul mood. I don’t know if it’s seasonal depression, the usual funk I get into when I contemplate my life and my future, or something that happened on New Year’s Eve. In all likelihood, it’s a delightful cocktail of all three. What sucks is that it’s too Read More …

The European Model of Work-Life Balance

I want to cap off my month-long series about jobs and careers with a discussion of work-life balance, and how America workers compare with their European cousins. Before I begin, I should make it clear that I am not an expert in European labor laws or standards. I’ve not even visited Europe yet, let alone worked in any of its countries. Surely Read More …

The Sunk Cost Bias and Making Changes

Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Do debts, insufficient income, or other financial obligations prevent you from doing what you want? Are you terrified at the prospect of making radical changes to your life? The Sunk Cost Bias I never wanted to be an attorney. At no point in my life did I ever aspire to practice law. Not when I Read More …

It was Halloween night, so of course…

It was Halloween night, so of course, Last minute shoppers were out in force. Scavenging shelves for what remained in stock, Hunting for candy, racing against the clock. There was little to choose from at this late hour, Some bags of licorice and straws that were sour. Mother snatched what she could and did her best job, Fighting her way Read More …