Slumming it isn't the right word, but I think it is probably a label my upward reaching middle class peers would pin on me. I am a computer programmer who makes a good salary for my geographical location. It's not right to say that I'm, eh, financially comfortable (divorce, kids, ENFP, etc).
I did the suburban thing for so long, and it made my skin itch. I never felt comfortable in that environment. The first time I attained my own volition, I moved into an apartment with lots of 'character' in urban center of my small city. I love it. I love walking around at midnight past dark alleys and people stumbling between bars. I'm sometimes annoyed by people milling around outside my window on the sidewalk talking to my toothless neighbor late in the night, but most of the time I'm amused by it. I try to tell her it's not necessary when she brings me unusually gained offerings of baked goods from the grocery store as recompense for using my wi-fi, but she gives it to my anyway.. and I enjoy it.
Today I'm going to go give plasma for some cash. I don't really need the cash, at least not anymore or any less than anybody needs an extra $50. Which is to say that I will definitely use it. But, the stigma doesn't bother me, and it's something new to try out.
On the flip side, I get so irritated when people talk for hours on end about their lawn treatments at work. Or when my coworker bitches non stop about having to get home to have them repair his $1500 treadmill yet again. Or when people are so happy to move out of their beautiful old turn of the century homes and into some cloned characterless 2x4 built home in a neighborhood with an HOA that won't even let people put up a clothes line because it looks low class.
Anybody feel similar?