Originally Posted by volantaddict
Hmmm.....so at LEAST 92.25% of the respondents have a greater income than I do, but I skied 77 days last season (lift served), and have 11 pair of skis. I suppose it all comes down to what one identifies as their priorities. Some prioritize having a family and providing for the various expenses that go with that sort of life. Some have other luxury items and activities besides skiing. Some choose to live in places where there are no ski resorts.
Personally I put skiing as my number one priority, meaning that I won't put other luxuries or activities before it. If my vehicle needs gas to get to the mountain, I'll spend less on groceries, eat less, and lose weight. If my power bill is too high, I'll wear sweaters and longees at home. I have little savings (well none really), but am pleased with my collection of skis and gear.
Outside of a large inheritance, or winning the lottery, I will never become wealthy, or even reach the middle income level. I'm semi poor and I ski a lot. I think this beats being rich and skiing a little.
I also ski 100+ days a year, but make a good income. I work for a very leading edge company, working 100 hours a week are norm, and getting promotions are as easy as breathing, but I work nights.....
I've been turning down opportunities for promotions for years, not to give up my ski time. Funny, I got a new boss 9 months ago (real gung-ho type) and just last month the inevitable conversation happened again,
"Why are you still doing what you're doing, where do you want to go", "nowhere",
"Any position I seek would require me to work dayshift, and weekends in the winter",
Well, how important is skiing?"
"I'd quit my job before skiing",
Luckily, I've gotten good raises, so my salary has gotten up there over the years.... Plus my wife works part-time, and no kids.....
So, Bunion, no matter how much they pressure me, I'll never take that managers job, cause I like flipping burgers..