Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Cost of Being a Social Butterfly

Parking, Dinner & a Movie

I really don't know how people do it.
They go out so often to enjoy themselves.
They pay rent.
They own a car.
They buy fancy coffee drinks every day.

I was considering accepting a Facebook invitation to an event tomorrow because it is so convenient and I should socialize more. The movie theater is near where I work and the restaurant is in the same place.
However, transportation is always an issue. If I want to do stuff after work, I would have to drive myself and I don't like driving. Furthermore, it's not my car. When I need a car, I borrow the family car. On top of that is the cost of attending events. Here's the breakdown:

Parking for a day: $18
Dinner: Approx. $15 (including tax & tip)
Movie ticket: $9
Total cost of a night out = $42 approximately

That is expensive. That's one of the reasons I decided not to go tomorrow. Plus, the movie did not sound that compelling, which is the stronger reason not to go. People who do this on a regular basis must be living paycheck to paycheck. However, you could argue they have a wider circle of "friends", whatever the term means these days.

Also, I rationalize my decision by thinking, in order to be successful, I need to focus my limited resources (time & money). So that's what I need to do tomorrow since I'm not being social - focus on goals that are important to me.


Teresa Lam said...

Totally agree!

But people justify their attendance by stating that without the network and "friends" they are not going to be successful. They forgot no matter what success is something you create with your own hands, not your network, not your "friends"...

frankfurtsanfrancisco said...

Thanks for your comment.

However, to be the devil's advocate, I do have to admit that networking does help when you're trying to market your business. You may not be best friends with all the people in your network, but they can still be quite useful resources.

Teresa Lam said...

That's very true... Um... My strategy is be very selective...