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Don’t Develop Expensive Tastes

The summer after my sophomore year, which was back in 2000, I started working at a startup in New York City on 50 Broadway, spitting distance to Wall Street. The startup, now defunct, was called Webmind (after changing from a much cooler sounding Intelligenesis), and it had all the amenities of startups of that period. You had your classic IKEA furniture everywhere and you had your fridge stocked full of sodas, water, and all manner of non-alcoholic beverages. In the beginning, I’d pound about three or four sodas during the course of the day and soon decided that I’d probably want to wean myself off the little fizzy delights. So I switched to some Poland Spring bottled water and felt all was good. Then one weekend I went home and had some water out of the water dispenser on my parent’s refrigerator and it tasted like crap. It tasted a little like metal, some bitterness, but not the “clean” feel of the Poland Spring. That’s when I realized that I had inadvertently developed a taste for bottled water.

Being a college student, I quickly lost that expensive taste for bottled water whenever I returned to school because there was no way a kid in college was spending their money on bottled water. I went back to regular tap water and soon lost, thankfully, the ability to taste the metal and other crap in my parent’s refrigerator filtered water.

The moral is that you should avoid developing expensive tastes because eventually those expensive treats will become the norm and you may find yourself spending more on things that aren’t as important.