In my youth I had moments of being a self-indulgent brat. Notably the “flying coach” incident was not one of my finer moments. Another: my first iPod. The scene was my 18th birthday. Sitting at the dining room table I meticulously started opening my presents. It’s worth noting I have an intense relationship with delayed gratification and love making the process of gift giving and receiving last as long as possible.
As I slowly peeled the wrapping paper back from a small box, I saw the Apple logo. Instead of leaping for joy I glared at my Father. “Why did you get me an iPod?” I spat out. “I like my Discman, I don’t need this.”
“Erin, you need to get with the times,” he retorted.
Well, it was 2007 and the iPod reigned supreme. I did eventually express gratitude for the wonderful gift and proceeded to set it up. Needless to say, I’m not much of an early adopter when it comes to technology.
These days, I’m typing on my MacBook Pro while occasionally stopping to text on my iPhone (4S because I never care about keeping up with recent models). Even though I’ve had Apple products since 2007, it wasn’t until just recently (by which I basically mean yesterday) that I really started listening to Podcasts.
Guys, Podcasts are awesome!
I’d heard a few here-and-there over the past few years, but just always forgot to keep up with them. I tend to read on the subway vs. listening to Podcasts and I stream a lot of TV shows when at home doing mindless tasks like cooking or cleaning. After powering through four episodes of NPR’s Planet Money and exploring Average Joe’s Stacking Benjamins podcast — I’m converted.
Listening to both Planet Money and Stacking Benjamins reminded me of being back in college and sitting in on a lecture from a charismatic professor. I felt inspired and smarter for spending my time in their technological presence.
The best part: Podcasts are free! Well, at least the one’s I’m interested in listening to.
While you’re reading this, I’m probably riding the subway to work and being that annoying person who is laughing at seemingly nothing while everyone else is completely silent. Maybe people will think I’m crazy and give me personal space during rush hour. Double points for Podcasts!
What are your favorite Podcasts?
Link Love: THE NEWBIE EDITION (People who have been blogging for six months or less)
- The Wealth Gospel – Student Loans Are Toxic (I know he got featured last week too – but he’s a rookie and he’s awesome)
- Fit is the New Poor – Debt Shame
- Common Sense Millennial – Twenty Things Twenty-Sometimes Should Know About Money
- This Life On Purpose – Flexing That Frugality Muscle: Is there such a thing as overexertion?
- The Pursuit of Riches – Day 30 – Look How Far I’ve Come!
- Frugaling – 5 Rules To Follow Before Accepting Student Loans