On being grateful: I recently went out of town for work. This trip happened to coincide with an event hosted by my alma mater in the city where I traveled to for work. My alma mater doesn’t host any events where I live, so I am grateful for the fortuitous timing of the trip. I am also grateful to have had the chance to reconnect with my former professors, one of whom remembered me from my undergraduate days and others who remembered my current career and my aspirations for the future.
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On being frugal: On the same work trip, I visited a city that is known for its 5-star restaurants and famous chefs. A quick sampler of the dinners I had thanks to work: 5-star fried chicken, Michelin-starred Indian food, and Zagat-listed Thai food. On the low end, a typical dinner ran around $35. Consider that when I’m not traveling, I mostly cook at home – and eat out only 2 or 3 times a month, usually at Costco for its pizza or at the local Chinese place down the street. That means I spend around $30 monthly on takeout – or less than the cost of one dinner on this trip.