When I was 22 & poor

It feels like a lifetime ago when I was 22 and living in California. No friends. No money. Crappy cell phone reception. Ample time to sit in the misery of quarter life crisis woes. It took me a few months to land my first full-time job in advertising. The economy was not great in 2003. Lots of people were laid off/unemployed in the Bay Area.

Scared of running up credit card debt, I did as much cheap and free stuff to keep myself entertained between job hunting and pondering life. Thankfully, Homestar Runner was putting out weekly new toons. While I could watch those toons on repeat, I didn’t like feeling cooped up in the apartment for hours on end in front of my desktop computer. I needed to get out.

One of my favorite “free” excursions was driving over to Emeryville, sitting at a Barnes & Noble, and reading magazines for hours. I’m sure the staff there didn’t like that I never bought any magazines, but it killed some time. Sometimes, I’d splurge and buy a Starbucks espresso drink. Freewheelin’ Millennial! Watch out! 😉

It’s been a while since I’ve had a regular magazine subscription come to the house. I had good intentions to read the ones that I had (15 years of subscribing to Entertainment Weekly and InStyle), but we’re in the digital age now. My media consumption habits have changed. My topics of interest have changed.

On my afternoon excursion to the new Central Library today, I decided to grab some magazines and sit in the 4th floor reading room. I found a comfy chair that looked out the floor-to-ceiling windows. It reminded me so much of my younger, lonely days, reading at Barnes & Noble. At least I don’t have to feel bad about not buying any magazines.

Day 14 of NaBloPoMo. Still reading along? Have I bored you to death yet? Haha. Maybe I don’t want to know.

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