Nerds Reveal The Most Embarrassing Nerdy Moment They've Ever Had
Nerd and geek culture has taken over. Just ask any of the Marvel movies in the theaters on any given week, or the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook hitting the New York Times Best-Sellers list nearly 4 years after publication. While it's never been better than ever to let your geek flag fly, nerd and geeks now find themselves under a particular spotlight where we're forced to examine themselves a little but more and find those moments where we're a little but too nerdy. Reddit user, r/rp4187135, asked:
Nerds of reddit, what was the nerdiest moment of your life?
When xxxTowerxxx Met CharlieBob43...
I went to the international [Dota 2] championship in Seattle last year as a spectator and I got to meet some people that I play the game wth all the time. We called each other our online handles [instead] of using our actual names.
You Like Bombs? I Like Bombs!
Didn't realize I was a nerd about anything until I walked past a guy in the office watching a YouTube video that contained footage of a nuclear test explosion. "Aaah, Castle Bravo," I says. "One of my favorites."
The guy looks at me funny. I explain that Castle Bravo was the name of that particular explosion. "You recognize the explosion? And it's one of your favorites?" he replied.
Yep. I rattled off a bunch of other nuke test favorites--Storax Sedan, the gorgeous British Grapple X, Crossroads Baker, etc. I start describing the differences and nuances one can discern from watching hours of footage multiple times. I say something like, "The shape of each mushroom cloud is as distinct as a fingerprint," and notice that his eyes have glazed over, and that the room has gone silent. I look up at the room and see ten pairs of eyes staring at me like I've sprouted an extra head.
There's a long beat of silence, then a guy in the corner says, "You don't get to make fun of Star Trek ever again."
When's The Last Time We Saw Non-Virtual People
When my friend and I got invited to a party over the phone and had to lie about not being allowed to go out that night.
The actual reason we didn't go?? We were 25 Hours into a game of Civilizations V and desperately wanted to finish it up
But We Need To Finish Our Campaign
I was in the college dorms and lots of kids had gone home for a three-day weekend. Me and my friends decided we'd stay and play D&D. So we're playing, and laughing, and being all sorts of noisy.
My friend has his computer and we are simultaneously listening to funny .wav sounds on his computer (Remember "Thumper's World of Wavs"?) It was also pretty novel as it was to have a PC in a dorm at that time.
So we are being very noisy, laughing, rolling dice, and singing along at the top of our lungs to "It's log, it's log, it's big, it's heavy it's wood. It's log, it's log, it's better than bad, it's good!"
Then there's a knock at the door. It's the security guard at the door along with a campus police officer. They thought they were going to bust us underage drinking. Instead, they open the door and we're sitting around a table with the D&D screen up, and all our character sheets out, rolling dice, and one guy at the computer with a website so 90's it could have caused an epileptic seizure if we stared at it too long.
I thought they were going injure themselves they started laughing so hard.
Boffer Means "Foam Sword"
One girl I knew a few years back and I were fighting with foam swords over at a friends house because she had an interest in learning swordplay, but didn't like the idea of using real metal (fear of injury). Thus why I introduced her to what LARP was and told her I had taken some fencing lessons and could teach her a little with the boffers. She picked up on things real quick and we started going at it like mad, because I told her not to hold back and she said the same thing to me.
Apparently, our grunts made my friend think we were doing something else entirely and opened the door a bit before laughing. "Oh sh-t, man. I thought you two were having sex and I was so proud for a moment."
Yeah, we both blushed super hard.
No, You Don't Get It, They're Like LEGO Warriors
...the day i realized i knew more about Bionicle history than i knew about WWI and WWII.
My Ringtone Is The Strongest In The Universe
This might be easy. I was visiting my friend in LA, we were playing a DBZ fighting game, while we had his DBZ soundtrack playing in the background.
At some point, I look at my phone and notice multiple missed calls from his wife, as did he. We were both confused since neither of us had our phone silenced.
Then we realized, we just didn't notice the calls since both of us had DBZ ringtones.
He Had Thoughts On "The Last Jedi"
I was at a really big party and ignored a girl to talk to a guy about DnD and Star Wars.
The Baddest "Wild Draw 4" Ever
Once at my friend's apartment we had the cops called on us at 9:30pm on NEW YEARS EVE. We weren't even being that loud, but he lived down the hall from some old people who apparently did not gaf. Anyway, there was a knock at the door and as my friend opens it a Cop, looking at his note pad, sternly starts off with "Yeah, we got a noise complaint here for...." and then he looks up to survey the scene: 6 sober 23 year olds sitting around a coffee table with the TV on mute. And finishes his sentence with "Wait, are you guys playing UNO*?" We were like "Uh... Yeah?" and he looks around the apartment some more. And then he kind of just sighed and said "OK, well just try to keep it down a little. Have a good night. " and left. My friend was embarrassed about his neighbors, but we all thought it was hilarious. I'm sure that cop had some actual stuff to do that night, but I hope he got to tell his buddies about the "wild nerd party" he had to bust.
Do We Know Who This Is Yet?
This was the summer of 2004. I was actually at a summer camp for high school nerds at a college campus and we were allowed to use the computer lab during our free time.
We all had headphones on and it was silent until one guy says "The next Harry Potter is called 'The Half Blood Prince.'" And the room pretty much erupted into a nerdy frenzy of everyone theorizing who it could be.
No Joke, That's a 40 Hour Experience...
The nerdiest moment of my life was when my housemate had to come up with a safeword to stop me talking about Star Wars. A few months later he agreed to watch the OT with me...he swiftly joined the Dark Side.
The nerdiest day of my life was when I completed Final Fantasy VII in a single sitting, just to prove to the back of the instruction manual that I didn't need a memory card.
Get The Puppers Involved
I've taught my dog that when we say "we're going on a quest" he knows that means walkies.
I once redid the Fresh Prince theme in my classics class as "The Fresh Princeps of Manliana" using parts of Cicero's oration against Cataline...
When You Need To Know Everything
I'm currently working on a watch-through of every Star Trek show in chronological (release) order before I watch Discovery.
Lan Parties. Bringing People Together.
I was dating a pretty girl in HS. She didn't quite comprehend how nerdy I was.
So I had planned this 16 person Halo 1 lan party. She wanted to hang out that Sunday. I told her I had plans and she should not come, as it will be 16 nerds in my house and I will not be paying attention to her. She shows up an hour early, all the while I went on a 72-0 soul caliber run against any takers as guest arrive. She is already getting mad. I proceed to play Halo for like 6 more hours as if she is not there. So she is real mad at the end and we broke up like a month later.
Cut to about 10 years later we reconnect and we are married and she has over 200 hours on stardew valley.
Waiting In Line For Video Games
Maybe a bit late, but I went to the midnight release of Wrath of the Lich King (a WoW [World of Warcraft] expansion). Whilst I was queued up outside, some yobs in a car drove past and shot fireworks at us, there was probably a good 30 people in the queue outside.
As they drove off, one of the people in the queue said "Don't you just hate mages and their Arcane Missiles" That's when I realised I actively enjoy being a nerd...
When You're Nerdier Than Sheldon
My family had a get together not too long ago. We were playing Apples to Apples while Big Bang Theory was playing in the background.
Now, my family (for some reason) LOVES BBT. I personally find the show kind of stupid, but I digress.
At one point in the show, Sheldon is carrying a Green Lantern... um... Lantern around with him. He recites the chant a couple of times.
Now, as a die hard fan of GL, I scream at the TV: "It's BLACKEST NIGHT! NOT DARKEST NIGHT!"
My whole family broke my balls over it for weeks, because I'm apparently nerdier than a fictional TV nerd.
Video Games In Real Life
It has to be the time I ran a game of live-action Star Wars Battlefront for thirty middle school kids and got /really/ into it.
I worked as a camp counselor at an academic summer camp (affectionately called "nerd camp") for the last three summers. For an after-class activity, I planned out a version of Battlefront for the kids to play in an outdoor 15 v. 15 battle. They each got about 1.5-2 feet of pool noodle as their "lightsaber" and had to capture command posts by tying knots in a string / untying the other team's knots (this gave them control of nearby respawn points I marked with sidewalk chalk). If you controlled more than half the command posts for three consecutive minutes, you win, and if you get touched by a pool noodle, you have to go back to a respawn point.
So, those are the mechanics of the game, but I got really invested in the presentation of it. I wore my full Jedi robes for it, and another counselor wore my graduation robes that we were able to pass for Sith robes. I hooked up a speaker system and blasted "Duel of Fates," "Jedi Temple March," "Clash of the Heroes," and a few other Star Wars soundtrack pieces for background music. I even had an "opening crawl" spiel setting up the background story for the battle (using the Battle of Ruusan from the EU), which I rehearsed and timed with the music of the opening crawl from the movies.
Whenever the game was getting too unbalanced, one of the counselors would join in... and I just so happened to do this while the camp photographer was nearby. So, there are about a hundred consecutive shots of me shouting, "Jedi Master /u/Aegon_Targaryen_VII has joined the battle!" and charging into crowds of middle-schoolers with pool noodles to lightsaber-duel them while I'm in full costume.
It was glorious.
TFW You Roll 3 20s In A Row
Tbh, when playing Dnd about a year ago in a dorm, we ended up getting a noise compliant from 3 floors up because someone got 3 nat 20s in a row.
You Only Win With 40 Elves
The first time a girl sent me a naked picture on snapchat I panicked and replied with a picture of the game of Magic the Gathering I was playing
Epic. We must know more. IE did you eventually score
I scored very highly in that game as I recall. I used my elf deck.
Salutations And Farewells
It was March 4, 2008. The day Gary Gygax died.
Gary invented Dungeons & Dragons, and since that game is such a big part of my life I decided I had to do something. I got my gaming buddy Duane, gathered our supplies and headed to the woods.
We found a small group of five trees and scrawled a shoddy pentagram in between. In the center we built a small pile of twigs and atop the ghetto altar we placed a bright orange D20. As we set the pile ablaze, we solemnly filled a Burger King promotional Lord of the Rings collectible goblet (it was the Frodo one) with Mt. Dew and drank until the tiny fire went out. We scooped up the melted plastic and it sits to this day on a shelf with all the dragon miniatures I own.
SPOILERS: It Was Awful
Moved to England to try to work on Star Wars Episode 1. Was not successful, but I came close. Went to Italy. Visited La Reggia Di Caserta to see Amidala's throne room (which is really just a connecting hallway in a government building).
Moved home. Camped, over night, in tents, in costume, to get SW: Episode 1 tickets. Got tickets. Camped, over night, in tents, in costume, to see SW:Episode 1 (because back then, the theater didn't have online ticket sales, or reserve seating). Interviewed in costume by several local news stations.
Got in, got an okay seat. Very excited to see the movie, had stayed successfully spoiler free the whole way. With about an hour to wait, I walked outside to enjoy the moment as my friends were there to save my seat for me. Guy walks up, asks for a light. I used to carry a zippo even though I didn't smoke. He goes, "Can you believe they kill Darth Maul in this movie?"
Slapped a guy I didn't know in the face for ruining a Star Wars plot point, knocking the cigarette I had just lit for him out of his mouth. We both looked at the cigarette for a second, when I stomped it out. "I guess I deserved that," he said, before walking away.
He did deserve that.
I still can't believe I once took Star Wars so seriously that I moved to another country and then smacked someone over it.
Some of our possessions are no-brainer, have to have them, best things in the universe. Others are total beaters, through and through liabilities, that should have been trashed years ago.
But what about those possessions that fall right in between?
These are the things we love as much as we hate. Like some people or places in our lives, these objects and us have a love/hate relationship--and, surprisingly, almost as much baggage as the human version includes.
Some Redditors sat down and shared their best examples of these kinds of possessions.
lliorca336 asked, "What do you have a love / hate relationship with?"
Some set their sights on the elephant in the room. They described their excitement as well as all the issues that come with the expansive, unbelievably powerful internet.
The Whole Dang Thing
"The internet." -- LM1120
"Yup. On one side, it can really help people who feel alone. However, it can also breed toxicity." -- RHCube
"Back down it was as simple as don't use it but thats not really possible anymore" -- Derpsterio29
Even More Whole
"Technology in general."
"On the one hand, it's nice that I was able to deposit a check just now while sitting down on my bedroom. On the other, screw anyone who has the audacity to call me and greet me with a robot."
"I have it with none other than 'Google.' "
"I hate it when Google tracks my every move. I even feel scared sometimes. Like just the other day, I was watching 'Padmavat' on Amazon Prime. It wasn't even my account, but my husband's. We had to stop in the middle due to something."
"And as soon as I opened my Gmail next, the very first email on the top was a 'Spam' email asking me if I missed out on watching 'Padmawat?' Really Scary!"
"And then, I love it when it takes me down the memory lane. Like just today, my Google Photos app asked me if I would like to see where I was on this day in 2010? I thought why not. Turns out, I was at my friend's wedding. Which reminded me, 'Oh! It's her anniversary today!' "
"I simply sent one of her gorgeous pics wishing her happy anniversary. We had a long chat, after which I sent over all of the pics from that day. She was really happy to re-visit them and tagged them as the best anniversary gift!"
Others chose to discuss those necessities of day-to-day life that they've actually come to love completing over and over.
But that doesn't mean they don't get annoying all the time too.
"That weird thing where I'll waste time before entering the shower because it feels like such a chore that takes a long time, I'm gonna need 5 h to dry my hair afterwards etc., but then when I'm in the shower i never wanna get out."
Cruising, Until Your Not
"Driving is my biggest love/ hate relationship. I absolutely love the feel of driving when there's a small amount/ no traffic and the feel of being able to go wherever you want in your country is so freeing. Start/stop traffic, car maintenance costs, insurance, monthly payments, terrible roads, the possibility of an accident, driving through new places without clear signage etc..."
"Man, driving at its best is one of my favourite things in life but at its worst I wonder why I ever got my license and look toward busses with jealousy."
It Will Never End
"Cooking. I hate the necessity of having to prepare food and the process itself, but I usually like the result, and if I cook for other people, I get many compliments for how it's good."
"You know, when I hate to do that, then at least it gotta be tasty."
Others spoke about the luxuries in life. It almost feels absurd to complain about such wonderful, unnecessary possessions.
And yet, they are luxuries with a slight catch.
The Nut Barrier
"Probably my biggest trigger to ruin my diet. Doesn't even have to be good chocolate. Doesn't even have to be mediocre chocolate (by American standards). I'm talking about, like Palmer's Double Crisp super-cheap, probably-not-even-actually-chocolate Chocolate."
"My only saving grace is that I'm allergic to peanuts, and a lot of the really really cheap chocolate has peanuts/peanut butter in it, so it's no longer a temptation."
More and More
"Having a home gym:"
"Love: Not having to go far and not having to deal with other ppl and their bs."
"Hate: Everything you want is much more expensive than you expect... and you keep wanting more"
Another Take on Tech
"Modern technology. For every way it makes our lives easier, there's at least five ways it makes things harder."
"But overall, it's generally worth it... if you can get the stuff to finally work, which might take you all day."
So the next time you find yourself out of wits in frustration, only to come back to that same object or task the very next day, don't feel so alone.
Everyone out here is emotionally confused about their inanimate objects and abstract concepts.
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We live in an era defined, amongst other things, by the unparalleled barrage of content that blasts our eyes and ears throughout every hour of every single day.
Truly, it's exhausting to be alive in the contemporary media landscape.
Generations before had to deal with posters, billboards, and magazine advertisements, then radio commercials after that, and then TV commercials came along.
We thought the consumer seduction reached its peak with those.
But then, lo and behold, social media came about. And now the "information" peddled by brands and advertisers is everywhere. And so so much of it is misleading, or flat out incorrect.
Some Redditors shared the examples that came to mind.
Many people chose to talk about the marketing efforts used to push health and nutrition products onto consumers.
It's no surprise that there were so many examples to choose from. People in contemporary times are obsessed with health, fitness, diet, and longevity.
So of course, marketers have taken some liberties.
"That things with 'zero sugar' can still have 0.2 grams of sugar per unit which is why tic tacs claim to be zero sugar but can still be dangerous for a diabetic person" -- Whynotgarlicbagel
"Always check the ingredients"
"I found some 'no added sugar' ice cream that had concentrated caramelised sugar syrup as a flavoring"
"Also no added sugar just means they haven't added any sugar. Not that it's zero sugar" -- EmergencyAdvance
The Natural World
" 'Natural' food isn't your definition of natural." -- Gmax100
"Cyanide is natural" -- Izwe
"Everything is natural, nuclear power plants are as natural as beaver dams" -- Skylake52
The Anti-Fat Movement
"Low fat is good for you. Well not just clever marketing, also lots of lobbying from the sugar industry" -- UltimateAnswer42
"That's a big one. Fat being the 'bad' macronutrient was something that took me a while to unlearn. I felt my healthiest when I ate a high fat, lower carb (50g or so) diet." -- Cameron213
Give Tators a Chance
"White potatoes are somehow unhealthy even though they are a very nutritious starchy root VEGETABLE."
"Just because when you smother oil and ranch on it it becomes unhealthy does not mean potatoes themselves are unhealthy."
Leave It Alone
"Vaginal odor being bad was a thing for a while, and that it could easily be corrected with over the counter treatments such as douching."
"First of all. A vagina is gonna smell like a vagina, not like flowers. If you're concerned about the way your vagina smells you should see a doctor."
"Second of all, the vagina is self-cleaning and doesn't need extra soaps to help keep it 'fresh.' In fact, those soaps and chemicals can cause harm and create real infections."
Other people chose to point out the marketing efforts that have aimed to influence our expectations of culture and the social playing field.
What is "cool" and acceptable is what sells. The question is, who decides what is "cool?"
"Makeup as a necessary norm." -- b2lose
"Man, FU** makeup! I don't wear it and have yet to have anyone I work with question my professionalism for it. I hate it, it's expensive, and I won't wear it." -- TheRedMaiden
"I love this, and I'll also throw in: shaving as a necessity. I've had so many people tell me it's 'unhygienic' for women to have leg hair." -- buriedclementines
"That teenagers are cool, tbh. Teen culture is 95% manufactured by suits trying to make a buck." -- crookedhope
"When have teenagers ever been cool to anyone but themselves?" -- troomer50
"right? this kills me as an adult. all the cool teenager sh** that 'parents don't understand' was absolutely designed by grown a** dorks just like their parents." -- likearealreptile
Passing the Buck
"The notion that climate change needs to be combated by individuals making changes in their day to day lives by buying green products. Corporations, global shipping, and factory farms all contribute massive amounts of pollution and greenhouse gasses that can't be offset by using less straws or buying a hybrid car."
"An entire city's worth of individuals couldn't even come close to offsetting the pollution created by a handful of ships used for global shipping, yet advertising would have you think that individuals could replace real systemic change and regulation."
And then there was one total, bald-faced lie. It had to do with an upsettingly common purchase that comes with an arbitrarily high price tag.
Maybe it's time to rethink it.
Pulling the Strings of Supply and Demand
"That diamonds are rare." -- icecreamterror
"That you should spend so much on a diamond and wedding, but can barely scrape by. Sure, let's throw a $30k banquet then go jumpstart the car again to get home." -- Choontz
"Futhermore on this; that 'cognac' diamonds are a desirable colour in a diamond, and are worth more than colourless. Jewellers originally struggled to sell stones of this colour so came up with a marketing concept to make them seem more unique, more special, and just as desirable as, or moreso than, colourless diamonds (which are generally far rarer, particularly if they are classified as flawless with few/imperceptible inclusions)."
"Similar idea with "champagne" diamonds...they were given this name to make them sound more appealing, too, so jewellers could still use them and increase the volume of jewellery they produce and sell." -- teenytinytinkerer
Of course, this list is so far from exhaustive. Pay attention for just the next few hours and I'm sure you'll come up with your own list of at least ten in no time.
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In the age of the internet, sometimes it can be very cool to hate on things just because other people do. Bandwagons can be fun, right? But honestly, not all of the things hated on actually deserve it. Save your hate for things that actually call for it.
Wanna jump off the bandwagon? Then keep reading!
Film and media are probably the biggest contender for being hated on randomly. It may seem harmless, but not always deserved.
Actors are people too!
Actors who played characters that people didn't like.
Really if you hated the character then the actor did a good job (assuming that was the role).
The best cartoons.nice day summer GIF by PBS KIDSGiphy
Child cartoons. Some are actually really good, even as an adult.
I feel like watching cartoons aimed at generally a younger audience allows for you to be reminded of some life lessons, I know I forget some things, or didn't realise others, or it at least partially renews my awareness of something I should still like or appreciate
This doesn't deserve awards, it's just my opinion that is apparently shared by many.
This man did nothing wrong.
Guy Fieri, he literally is the nicest person in the world but since he looks like he was electrocuted by mountain dew people want to saw his head off.
Even before that, I was witness to his other charitable work. A few years back, Santa Rosa was hit by some terrible fires and he showed up at a few shelters and personally cooked up and served some killer buffet food. No cameras, no massive team of PR, just a dude with an assistant to keep him on schedule to hit up other shelters in the area. Guy Fieri legit earned a lot of respect in my book for that.
You know who DEFINITELY doesn’t deserve hate? Animals. They’re just living their best lives, and need to be left alone.
The best cats.
We got a black cat for the first time last year. I've since formulated the theory that black cats might get some of their reputation from the fact that people can't see them well in the dark and so they seemingly appear out of nowhere and they might be instinctually cautious because they know people have a tendency to kick them while walking in the dark. Our black cat is the sweetest cat I've ever known.
They get a bad rep.Discovery Sharks GIF by Shark WeekGiphy
Sharks. They are beautiful, complex creatures, deserving of respect and, like any wild animal should be left alone in their natural habitat, but they get this reputation as vicious bloodthirsty monsters. This is only because every shark attack is news, and only then because they are so rare. More people are killed EVERY DAY by mosquitoes than sharks kill in a year.
Any apex predator that has remained evolutionarily unchanged for hundreds of millions of years, whose existance predates TREES, is deserving or our respect and admiration. Shine on, you crazy cartlaginous fish, shine on.
So cute too!
Opossums. They're neat little critters. They eat tons of ticks that carry Lyme disease, (mostly) don't carry rabies because their body temp is too low, and they're the only marsupial native to North America! They get a bad rap because their first defense is to hiss and bare teeth, but failing that, they just play dead.
If you don't have the predisposition to hate them, you'll find they're pretty cute too.
E: this is about /opossums/, the north American species.
Kiwis, I feel for you, but this comment isn't about your possums.
Hating on other people for just living their lives also seems to be a big contender for things that don’t deserve to be hated on.
This is so true.
Unemployed people. A lot of people genuinely are looking for work and did not want to lose their last job/it was beyond their control (like a layoff) but they get so much hate and called lazy by most people. I know too many unemployed people that are actually really trying hard. They definitely aren't lazy. (Not saying lazy unemployed people don't exist, but to be fair, so do lazy employed people too lol)
Leave the weather man alone!Fox Raining GIF by Family GuyGiphy
Meteorologists. They try their best to predict the weather based on patterns, models, and data. They're not perfect because predicting the weather is insanely difficult. When they get it wrong, I think we should go easy on them. It was probably an outlier result almost no one could have foreseen.
I've seen people get angry over the meteorologists for getting it right. Like they control the weather - it is their fault we are having rain, that kind of BS. Never made sense to me, but hey, I have plenty of relatives I clashed with growing up.
Please stop being d*cks to these people.
Customer service associates.
I hate when customers think that I, the minimum wage person forced to sit there and listen to them yell, am personally responsible for every policy they disagree with. Like, ma'am, if I had that much power and influence, I wouldn't be sitting here on a Saturday evening serving you.
Wholesome and necessary.
People don't deserve hate they give themselves when they are not doing too good at the moment.
If you haven't heard it from anyone else today, I'm proud of you.
It seems like people hate on things simply because they think they're meant to hate them. But you can always be the change and make an effort to stop being an a**hole about certain things.
No matter what though, sometimes haters gonna hate
Money means different things to different people.
Reddit user, u/TopTierUsername101, wanted to hear what you would do when they asked:
Just Get The Basics Out Of The Way
There's the standard responses, where people ran down the list of the essentials they could get out of the way.
Making The Unmanageable Manageable
Could pay off all debt and put a very nice down payment on a house.
Would make the mortgage manageable.
Give All The Money To The Kids
insanely.. i'm 19 and i'd be able to pay for university, pay for my car and help my parents who are on the streets rn get back on their feet and get my siblings out of foster care
You're the person I'd want to get the 100K. I don't need it; tons of people on this thread don't need it, but you my friend sound like you could use it for good.
Allowing You To Focus On Other Things
5-6 years of rent while i get my Ph.D sounds pretty fantastic
I hear this. I'm about to move with my partner so they can continue their education and would love to have $100k to live off of while I find work.
Wouldn't Go As Far As You Think
Then there's those other people who wouldn't be greatly affected by $100k, instead saying it would continue to help them comfortably move forward. Who doesn't like to be comfortable?
It would be almost enough for a downpayment on a house for us in our area. Housing is crazy expensive.
It would be less than half of a downpayment on an avg house in my area. This is basically keeping my generation from owning property and it's terrifying.
(avg. House here is about 1.2million)
A Slow Burn
Immediately? Not much at all. I'd pay off all my debt, take a chunk out of the house Im about to sign on. The monthly savings however would really allow me to change my life though.
Same here. A lot would change on paper, but the real effects wouldn't be apparent for several years.
This, also the peace of mind that would come along with it would be the most significant Change
Preparing For The Future
Just more money for retirement. That's all, business as usual.
Same. I mean, I'd say I'd spend some and go on vacation, but my vacations are typically camping somewhere cool and then hiking, so it's pretty frugal as far as vacations go. I'd like think that I could retire a little earlier if I had an extra 100 grand thrown at me, though.
Making A Huge Impact
Finally, there's those people who would do quite a bit if you were gifted $100k. This runs the length of saving lives to crafting a livable future.
Eliminating That Feeling
I'd be able to afford my own apartment instead of living with 3 ppl. I'd be able to focus more on building my life instead of just trying to survive every day. I'd be able to donate to charities and less fortunate ppl in my area.
Overall it would make my life less stressful and make me feel like less of a failure.
America Isn't Very Good Sometimes
Dude, that's almost 7 years worth of insulin. Can you imagine not having to wonder how you were going to manage your life threatening disease for 7, well technically 6.9, years? God, I could actually put money toward my future rather than trying desperately to stay alive in the present.
If the current rate of inflation continues, and if I am lucky enough to live until 75, I will have spent over 7 million dollars on insulin alone, not including other absurdly expensive diabetic supplies, like test strips, that are absolutely necessary for my survival.
Just for some context, each test strip, without insurance, runs you around 1.50 ($75 for a 50 pack of strips) and as someone who leads an active lifestyle and is insulin sensitive, I need to check my blood sugar roughly 6-8 times a day, more if I'm sick or an unforeseen event occurs that affects my blood glucose levels.
It's f-cking criminal what my country is allowing to happen to type one diabetics like myself.
Money Can't Buy Happiness, Until It Does
It would: pay off my husband's student loans and some medical bills that he has left, pay off my dental bill, pay off our credit cards, and then maybe we could get some upkeep/fixit stuff done around the house. The rest would go into savings. We'd have a good amount of money freed up each month, and that would also go into savings.
So, really, $100k would change my life by finally giving me a decent savings account that could be used in the future to hopefully avoid debt. It would be a very nice thing to have.
Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments who became famous when he cut his 1.1 million dollar salary to ensure every one of his employees received a $70k a year salary, probably said it best when he noted, "Money buys happiness when you climb out of poverty. But going from well-off to very well-off won't make you happier. Doing what you believe is right will."
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