one of the problems with this level of poverty is having to make lots of weird decisions. I'm saving for phd application fees and stupid GRE fees, so i budgeted for one or two bigger expenses per fortnight. this means i end up choosing between getting my hoodie dry cleaned which i haven't been able to wear since i accidentally sat in a puddle of chocolate milk on the bus or getting stuff for my halloween costume. should i get a haircut or a voltage converter for my stereo system so i can play nina simone at the volume nature intended?
this week i chose to get my bike checked out, cos i was having trouble hitting top gear and the break cables were a bit stretched. these sorts of things become important when barrelling down a mountain in light rain. i've been riding back from uni two or three times a week. i ride to the bus stop in the morning, put my bike in the rack on the front of the bus and travel up the mountain that way, then ride down. the cycling takes 45-60 mins and is rather good fun. it does get nippy though. here's me one foggy morning last week:
i have proper gloves now. next pay check is plastic overpants.
(i'm not in any dire state, you understand. last night i saw a band and drank nice wine. just the more expensive things are an issue.)