Refer to post 98, dear sir.
OP is a good fellow. Funny for me to call him naive because I was just like him when I graduated with my first job (and still am, to a large extent, lol -- and we're the same age), but I think he gets the point.
And besides, living with parents at that salary in LOS ANGELES is the right move, I think. It's a different world out there: more so than ever, young adults are living with their parents now, and not out of necessity, but to save money. I have a colleague who still lives with her parents and she makes significantly more than OP. It's awesome for her: she gets home-cooked meals, gets a ride to work with her dad (who works near our offices), doesn't have to pay rent, and saves a SHITLOAD of money. Her only sacrifice is that she can't really party as much or bring dudes back home to bang.
I think he's on the right path.
Thread def. made me realize even though I love to drive and I like the idea of a nice car, I can wait. Don't know what Harvey's problem is but thanks for having my back. And thanks to everyone else for the good advice as well even after chewing me out (i.e SField), I appreciate it. I'm here to learn from the best so I don't make dumb decisions. Thank you.