Originally Posted by Jay_Gatsby
Being in my mid-30s and a lawyer creates an expectation on the part of colleagues and professional acquaintences to demonstrate some modicum of financial wherewithal, primarily in the form of a nice house (single-family home in the 2,000+ sq ft range) in a good neighborhood, a near-luxury sedan (Lexus, Acura, Mercedes, BMW, etc...), a well-fitting wardrobe of high-quality clothing, and weekends of entertaining colleagues at home or at higher-class restaurants. Those individuals in Washington, D.C. who I've met that don't have or do those things are looked down upon as not being as successful as those who do.
Sure makes me glad to be an engineer working in Alaska. Nobody seems to care what I wear, drive, or live. Only that I do my job. Just the way I like it. I drive a 5-year-old Mazda 4wd pickup and dress in slacks, nice running shoes (learned the hard way not to cheap out on the shoes--nothing to do with the Joneses, rather the podiatrists), and whatever extra clothes I need for the weather.
I spend the off-season at my modest house in Canada and the same clothes I work in seem to work fine in B.C. (except I do need ski clothing...).
I don't make as much as a DC lawyer, but have enough and save a lot.
in no way am I putting down anyone--to each his own as it should be
this works for me