It was a big birthday for me actually. I’m now 30. However, I’ve long gone past the point where I do anything really significant for my birthday. I spent the day looking for some furniture and enjoying the California weather. My girlfriend came down from Seattle this weekend and it was good timing for her. While it was warm and sunny down here, I heard it was snowing in Seattle. Sucks to be up north.
At night, we went to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. We were going to eat in but I decided that it would be better (and frankly easier) to just go eat out. Ruth Chris is well known for its steak, and it didn’t disappoint. I got the Surf N’ Turf which meant a lobster tail and Ribeye steak. It was mighty tasty. Since I don’t really drink alcohol, and we generally don’t order apetizers, the bill came to “only” $130.
I was thinking as I was eating in the restaurant how fortunate I am to be able to go to this type of place when I feel like it. I really don’t worry about how much money I’m spending at these types of things because I do it so rarely and have more than enough saved so that it doesn’t hurt my bank account. At dinner, my girlfriend and I talked about her friend who is a lawyer who makes more money than I do yet has almost nothing saved.
Now if I wanted to, I could probably eat out at this type of restaurant almost every single night. It would be expensive, and at the end of the month, I wouldn’t have very much saved, but I wouldn’t be going negative either, not even close So it got me thinking what on earth can people be spending their money on to go through that much money. If I can afford to go out to one of the nicer restaurants in the country every single night, what must someone who makes more money than I be spending his money on?
Other than that, it was a nice relaxed weekend. The one other highlight was going to watch my friend Jenny play in a softball game and being part of her team’s first victory. If you have seen them in other games, you would know what a big victory it was as most people have never played a game of softball in their life. I think my cheer leading was a major reason they won as this was only my second game in attendance, and they generally lose. Coincidence? I think not!