Luxury
$38,000 would buy:

  • 1 year and one month of full-time work at my current job (ed note: not STIM)

  • 6 top-of-the-line notebook computers

  • 21% of the purchase price of an East Village co-op apartment.

  • a healthy downpayment on a home in California

  • 3.7 years of rent at my current apartment

  • 4,750 drunken/lazy cab rides home to Brooklyn from Manhattan

  • 19 used pick-up trucks

  • 38 years of auto insurance

  • 25,333 subway rides

  • 358,491 local phone calls

  • 7,600 20-minute long distance phone calls

  • 158 years of online service