April 3, 2009 2 Comments
So, in this ever downward spiraling economic market, people and companies are tightening belts and budgets everywhere. Yesterday the president of my firm held a meeting with all the designers, project managers, and staff (basically everyone but field crews) to announce that to help the company get through these slow times for the construction industry, and to help everyone keep their jobs, we’re all going to four day work weeks until something turns around and we get some big projects we’ve been bidding on. So, once I get over the frustration at the downturn the economy has taken, and my complete and utter faith in the government being able to do anything useful about it, I accept the reality and move on.
The first part of that acceptance is trying to figure out where my wife and I (who just started our fourth month in our first house) can cut back and save money. One of my first thoughts are of my Warhammer subscription. My wife is awesome, and hasn’t even mentioned it as a possibility, because she knows how much I enjoy video gaming. However, I know the level of frustration I have with the game, and the Shadow Warrior class in particular. So I’m currently figuring out why I should keep my account up and active. Why keep spending money that may be better used elsewhere at this current time, when all I seem to be getting out of it is frustration and a broken heart? Sure, relatively speaking, MMOs are a cheap hobby, and we won’t be strapped for cash, we’ve been paying all our bills without trouble, and have been able to put a little bit aside as well, so it’s not as if we need to immediately start chopping off all of our extra-curricular expenditure, especially given the nebulous state of the economy. Things COULD pick up next month, or they may not for the next year. How can I honestly sit here and say, “Yes, $15 a month for something that raises my blood-pressure, and that I log on for 10 minutes a day for is a good use of my time.”?
Don’t be surprised if you see my post calling it quits, I’ve had one written up and waiting for a while now, just so I don’t have to go through the effort of writing something up if it ever happens. Damn Boy scouts and their “Be Prepared” crap.