(12:17:45) me: weee, i made it into someone elses blog post
(12:20:38) Darren: nice!
(12:20:39) Darren: who?
(12:22:37) me: this blog I subscribe to the feed of. Its called “Free Money Finance” this guy posts all this stuff on saving money/investing and such
(12:23:24) me: like a week ago or so, he posted an entry asking how much money people are willing to spend to save a pets life
(12:25:55) me: so the guy posted a recap today about all the comments he got (one of which was mine)
(12:26:10) me: i think he actually ended his post by calling me an idiot
(12:26:19) me: not in those exact words
(12:27:07) me: however, I did win the prize for spending the most money on a pet
(12:28:18) Darren: “prize”?
(12:28:31) me: yeah, the “prize” being a massive amount of debt
(12:28:33) Darren: he sounds fairly unsympathetic
(12:28:56) me: haha, the thing is, I think he completely missed the point I was trying to make (as poorly written as it was)
(12:29:28) me: I know kids and pets arnt the same. I was trying to say that if you dont want to be responsible about it, you shouldn’t have a pet or a kid
(12:29:54) me: who says flat out before even having a pet (or any living thing for that matter) “the most I will spend is $2000″
(12:30:08) Darren: from his opening sentense, i got the impression he was going to interperet the comments in light of his own opinion, i.e., you can’t compare kids to pets
(12:30:21) me: so what happens, when you drop that last $1, you say “well spot…tough shit…get into the trash compactor”
(12:30:34) Darren: his view is also very narrowminded
(12:31:01) me: usually everyone he writes, and everyone that comments on his blog are a bunch of cheap stingy bastards
(12:31:05) Darren: i wonder how much he would spend on keeping a pet alive if his kids had grown up with the pet and were too young to understand that animals get sick and die
(12:31:10) me: which oddly enough, is the name of another blog I subscribe to
(12:31:19) Darren: would his daughter’s happiness be worth $15000 to him?
(12:31:20) me: thats a good point as well
(12:32:07) me: in my mind it would be worth it
(12:32:56) me: think about this, most of the comments he posted said they would spend at 2000-$3000 on their pet
(12:33:08) me: the average life expectancy of a dog for example, is like 7-15 years
(12:33:31) me: mine, lived 12, 12 years of cable TV costs more than $7,200
(12:33:44) me: so i bet everyone on their is willing to spend more on TV than on a pet
(12:34:17) Darren: if your pet lives for 15 years and you are only willing to spend $2000 on it (max life, min cost) then you’re only spending $133 yer *year* on the thing
(12:34:18) me: hence my last sentance in that comment I posted. you cant get that kind of return on anything else
(12:34:29) Darren: that’s not even enough to feed a small dog for more than a few months
(12:34:39) Darren: i don’t think people really thought through their answers…
(12:34:45) me: i was hoping that those figures were for “emergency costs”
(12:34:58) me: like if your dog had to go to the hospital, and the doctor gives you the price quote
(12:35:10) me: you know, when you, your wife and your kids (who are crying) are standing around
(12:35:20) me: and then you go….$5000? nope, just kill him
(12:35:24) Darren: which goes back to my original thing
(12:35:24) me: hahaha
(12:35:45) Darren: how do you tell your daughter that if the doctor was just *this* much cheaper, fido would be coming home with them?
(12:36:34) me: what is worse, is that its not a matter of you not being able to get the money, its that you have it, but the line item in your budget called “fido” only allows you to spend up to $2000
(12:36:56) me: then the kid can go home thinking that she has a maximum amount as well
(12:36:59) me: haha
(12:37:09) Darren: heh
(12:37:27) Darren: on the other hand, everyone has a limit to what they can/will spend
(12:37:45) Darren: if the doctor had told you, up front, that it would cost $15000 what would have done?
(12:37:49) me: yeah, everyone does, but I dont think you can really know what the limit is until you need the money
(12:37:53) Darren: what if he said $30000?
(12:37:59) Darren: that’s what i wonder
(12:38:03) Darren: and that might be his point
(12:38:18) Darren: if it’s your kid, then the only limit is what you can beg, borrow, or steal
(12:40:31) me: with my dog, the only reason he ended up being put to sleep was because there was nothing else that could be done. If he had made it past that last hurdle, at the way things were going, I think i would have easily hit the $25,000 range, but I couldn’t live with myself with knowing that the only reason he died was because I didn’t want to spend the money on him. Like how can you go and blow money at dunkin donuts or something like that, and be finewith it, but then your pet has a problem and you say no way