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post #61 of 144
This is my first post. As a 20 something, there is one piece I received from my father I will always keep and use. It is a simple, minimalist, sterling silver money clip. I firmly believe a nice, understated money clip is something you'll hang on to for the rest of your life, even when you're moving through cars, homes, cameras, and the other nice things suggested on this list.

That being said, I wish I had a nice, cheap camera (such as the Pentax K-X.) Even now, I wish I had more pictures to look back on. This item, I suppose, is more about documenting your life experiences and good times.
post #62 of 144
I agree with LTJazz, a small point-and-shoot is great for taking quick pictures. You don't have take 150 pictures at one party, but take a couple whenever you're travelling. Great to look back at!
post #63 of 144
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I'm 30.
It's never too late. I think quality headphones or IEM's and quality bedding (mattress, pillows, sheets and comforter) should also be on the list.
post #64 of 144
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Originally Posted by binge View Post
Look at all the things people state they regret buying at 20 and buy all of them. Get it out of your system early, when you are young and your ability to do long-term financial damage is still minimal. Seriously. Imagine if you wait another 10-15 years and keep that pent-up desire for some really cheesy, cliched furnture...you'll blow at least 5k on some stupid modernist couch you'll quickly regret, rather than the $500 knock-off you can afford now. At 20, you'll buy a lot of shit you'll likely want to discard in some time. Don't sweat it too much...don't put yourself into some inescapable debt of course...but don't fret away nights over it. Buy the shit you want now, and then buy the shit you want later.

+1

A lot of the stuff that people say they regret, probably brought them a lot of happiness at the time.

Sure if youre 50 with 3 kids you may not care much about a fun car, but that doesnt make it wrong to get it when youre 20.

Like binge said dont go obsessing over stuff but if you can afford some fun go ahead. Theres more to life than just having a retirement fund.
post #65 of 144
"Up in the Air" revolved around a great theme: what is in your backpack? How many items do you own? What is your emotional baggage? If you had to move across the country right now, how difficult would it be? Could you pack a suitcase and be ready within 24 hours, or do you have to deal with a 24' U-Haul truck? What about a significant other who would have to find a job and thus is tying you down to a certain area? I'm 29, I went down the road of settling down soon after college with buying a house and shortly after becoming married. Flash forward a few years later and I'm on my way to a divorce, had to sell the house, and realize that I need to move across the country for most of the jobs that would make me happy. If I had to list things that are necessary in my life right now, I would say: -Nice laptop -MP3 player with respectable headphones -Guitar -Quality shaving set -Quality clothing that fits -Quality cookware -Quality queen-sized (or larger) bed. -Bike -Car if you're not able to take transit, bike, or walk to work Just illustrating the life experiences of someone leaving his 20s and wishing he had done a few things differently.
post #66 of 144


One thing I could not live without is a valet to keep things organized. It's something that I use everyday when I get home and empty my pockets into. The valet pictured is much nicer than the one I have.

People keep mentioning 'quality headphones'. I own some $30 Sennheiser earbuds, which I like. Am I missing out on something or do my headphones constitute 'quality'?
post #67 of 144
The minimalist in me says live your life, and buy things once you find you need them. Going away for a few days on vacation but don't have luggage? If you can't borrow one, then maybe it's time to buy a quality piece. Anticipating every possible thing you might need though seems excessive.

I'll agree with good bed and bedding and favoring quality over quantity on the things you DO buy.
post #68 of 144
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People keep mentioning 'quality headphones'. I own some $30 Sennheiser earbuds, which I like. Am I missing out on something or do my headphones constitute 'quality'?

Depends on how you listen to your music. I have friends who are perfectly content using the stock iPod earbuds. Comfort and sound quality mean a lot to me so I'm willing to pay for the "audiophile" quality earbuds as well as over the ear headphones. I like to hear each individual instrument and I want to hear the lows, mids and highs.
post #69 of 144
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Depends on how you listen to your music. I have friends who are perfectly content using the stock iPod earbuds. Comfort and sound quality mean a lot to me so I'm willing to pay for the "audiophile" quality earbuds as well as over the ear headphones. I like to hear each individual instrument and I want to hear the lows, mids and highs.
Once a person gets into audiophilia, they don't escape. It's simply worth it to hear great sound.
post #70 of 144
what about a dog? though i've liked them at any age.
post #71 of 144

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Edited by merkur - 7/30/11 at 1:09am
post #72 of 144
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Guys, which book are we talking about here? American Pyscho?

Chrome plated axe + Nail gun
post #73 of 144
Fuck the whole earphones thing. Trace it back and you're listening to what, a CD? Recorded at 44.1 KHz in 16-Bit? Let me tell you this: once you've listened to your band being played back through the fatties in a proper recording studio's control room, any pre-recorded music sounds like tinny shit. I stick to $50 or less Sennheisers for home use...I consider myself an audiophile, but one who has cut through the BS of rapidly diminishing returns you get from audio/hi-fi equipment.
post #74 of 144
A breadmaker. Best $80 I ever spent.

Other than that I would recommend not buying too much shit until you get settled down or moving will be a pain. Also if you haven't started investing money for retirement I would start.
post #75 of 144
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Originally Posted by Sherlockian View Post
Fuck the whole earphones thing. Trace it back and you're listening to what, a CD? Recorded at 44.1 KHz in 16-Bit? Let me tell you this: once you've listened to your band being played back through the fatties in a proper recording studio's control room, any pre-recorded music sounds like tinny shit. I stick to $50 or less Sennheisers for home use...I consider myself an audiophile, but one who has cut through the BS of rapidly diminishing returns you get from audio/hi-fi equipment.
I mean it's subjective and all but I've gone through everything from $5 no-name shit headphones to mid-range audiophile stuff and there is a very noticeable difference to me. Of course there is a limit to how much utility you gain from higher priced stuff. A $50 pair of Senns can be considered quality by some, a definite step up from those abortions that Apple sends with their products.
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