The Angry Patriot and I

6 Jul

I was called into work on Wednesday.  For those of you keeping track at home, that was the Fourth of July here in the good old USA.  I’d like to say that I don’t usually work on holidays, but I do.  The pay is better, the customers are fewer, and it gets me out of the house and away from relatives for a few hours.

Anyway, since I spend a considerable part of my life immersed in the Twitter-verse, Facebook-black-hole, & AIM-wormhole, on Wednesday I had to sign off from several conversations with the news that I was heading to work.

One person did not take the news very well.

Angry Patriot: You’re working on the Fourth of July? Isn’t that illegal or something?

Me: No, it’s capitalism at work.  Lol. (note- I rarely use the LOL phrase. I’m a bit ashamed of using it here. But in the interest of accuracy, I had to repeat it.)

AP: Are you at least getting overtime or something? (note- three other people asked me this. Sadly, the answer is no).

Me: I don’t know. Maybe. (No. It’s no.  I was such a fool, with such hope.)

AP: You shouldn’t have to work today.  It’s unpatriotic.  Why are you working on Independence Day?

Me: Because I’m declaring my independence from debt.

AP: … oh. *sign off*

I do believe I won that argument.

But what I meant what I said- I work so that I can declare independence from debt.  I don’t define myself by any of my jobs.  They are what I do to make money.  It is how I choose to spend that money that defines who I am.  When I spend that money on my student loans, I am responsible.  When I spend it on books, I am a reader.  When I spend it on art supplies for my Sunday school kids, I am giving (and also smart. Crafts are a great free-time occupier).  When I spend it on video games, I’m a bit of an idiot because I work at a video game store and I can borrow them for free. Regardless of what I’m buying, it says something about who I am. (This is strongly related to why I also use self-checkout lanes.  I don’t need some civilian judging my purchases of Star Trek pajamas or Harry Potter bath soap.)  Money won’t ever buy happiness, but it can certainly help get you there.

But let me turn this around on you, my darling readers.  If we can be defined by our purchases, what purchases define you the best?  Is it the mortgage on your dream home, the health insurance for your kids, the membership passes for sci-fi conventions, the books at your favorite bookstore, the racks and racks of shoes at the local Payless, or something else entirely?  What do you spend money on that best shows who you are?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

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One Response to “The Angry Patriot and I”

  1. Ana July 7, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Technology technology + more technology. I like electronics, the nerd that I am! Such an accurate description of me!

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