I’ve made a post in the past detailing how to take advantage of cultural happenings in San Francisco on a student budget (which you can read HERE) and now I’m going to try to do the same for New York City. I’ve been here for almost a year now and I don’t think I will ever get over how expensive and out of control some of the prices are here (this may be due in part to the fact that I’m on the hunt for housing right now and I just want to weep while scrolling through Craigslist; must avoid places like these listings). Almost everything here, from produce to housing, is a lot more expensive than I’m used to and as a result, I’m always on the hunt to save a few bucks here and there. New York’s crazy prices shouldn’t deter you from enjoying the multitude of events and activities the city has to offer, I tell myself. Personally, it’s pretty pricey living here, all the way across the country, away from my family, friends, cheap produce, cheap Mexican food, In-n-Out, and so on. I force myself to go out and really enjoy the city because not everyone can say they live in New York City, right? So I will now present a taste of some of the FREE (or super cheap) activities I’ve partaken in this summer so far.
Years before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even MySpace, the preferred choice for social networking was Xanga. Yes, that blogging website that you either used to detail every single day of your middle or high school experience or used to keep in touch with your friends via comments and eProps. The new crop of social media websites have left Xanga to rot in recent years and now the website is on the verge of shutting down. (You can, however, donate to keep the site afloat if you’re feeling particularly generous and/or nostalgic.) Upon hearing this news, I realized that I had to save and archive my old blog entries! I haven’t been really consistent with updating this blog, or my previous blogspot blog (Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog?), but I was pretty good with updating my Xanga all throughout my four years of high school. I started blogging right as my freshmen year of high school began and kept up with it until the summer before college. I never really look at it anymore, except for the rare night when I’m feeling really nostalgic. So, if you’re like me and want to preserve all of those high school (or middle school) memories of failed tests, first concerts, Quizilla results (YES), movie nights, make sure you create an archive of your entire website!
Due to my embarrassment (and the sheer volume) of the cringe worthy and mundane material found on my Xanga, I’m not going to share the link here (if you do know it, let’s all recognize the brilliance of my username), but I will share some of my best (AKA stupid) entries.