This may be my last entry…
Boom, another weekend bites the dust at breakneck speed. One minute I was having an after-work pint of Harvest Pale in The Red Lion with my mates and the next I’m struggling to remember doing anything worthy of note before hitting the hay. Sadly, nothing springs instantly to mind except that I didn’t leave the house at all.
That’s not strictly true. I did trim the hedge (not a euphemism) but if you include the garden as part of the house then the statement still stands. I don’t mind admitting this though because I live under the maxim that leaving the house costs money. It does. I can’t think of a single activity that does not involve spending money. Think about it for a moment and you will start to see the truth in the statement.
If you leave the house you are probably going to want to go somewhere. If you can walk then great – no money required there – but what is the destination? Going to see a friend? You should probably take something with you right? A bottle of wine or some snacks… money!
Doing something else? Visiting a museum perhaps? You’ll need to get there so if you can walk then great – no money required there – but how long are you going to be out for? Will you need to eat or drink while you are out? If you can take something with you then great – no money needed there – but surely if you are going to be out long enough that you require refreshments, you should give at least a nominal donation? Money!
Seriously, stop and do the maths. I bet you can’t think of more than a handful of things that will cost you nothing.
Now, clearly staying at home isn’t free either but you’ve already paid for the resources you have there. You have food and drink (hopefully) and, ok, you are going to use some electricity and/or gas but that doesn’t usually involve immediate payment. Overall, in the here-and-now, staying at home is the cheapest option.
Did I mention that it’s the last weekend before pay day?
[Edit] It turns out the daily post prompt for today is about finance:
“If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?”
I’ll be really brief. The world already runs on a barter system but for some reason we don’t think of gold as being barter as such – we think of it as commerce.
In an ideal world there would be no need for money we would share resources equally. That may sound weird but it’s a central tenet of those two great philosophies – communism and Star Trek.
Thanks for reading now, wrap up warm – I’m turning the heating off.