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My brief flirtation with music. Having a disposable income means you tend to try all those things you wanted to do as a kid, but couldn’t afford.
I actually wanted to learn how to play the drums as a child, but given the size of my apartment, a drum kit was pretty much out of the question. So a guitar it was. I sucked with no signs of getting better so after a year or two the guitar went to the second hand shop and I went back to beating myself up over the comics I make.
They do this thing in Japanese second hand shops where they send the item they bought to a different branch of the chain so no one can yell, “I sold this to you for twenty bucks and you’re selling it for three hundred!?” at them. It’s one of the smarter Conflict Avoidance tactics I’ve seen in Japan. Much less annoying than the more common “Smile, shrug, ignore it, and hope it goes away” approach to problems.
The disposable income is one of the main draws for the expat lifestyle. While most piss it away at the bars on the weekend, many do take up some sort of expensive hobby like photography. Well, it’s only expensive if you absolutely *must* have the biggest and best gear. If I can take good pictures with a $60 used Pen EE-2, so can people more serious than I am about it. But it’s not really about having great gear so you can take a great photo. It’s more about you erection substitute. Like a fancy sports car or a pretty girlfriend/ boyfriend. Bullshit status symbols.
That having been said, Leicas are lovely cameras if you can remember to take the lens cap off.