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What do you guys do that you can afford pinball?

By Trooper11040

6 months ago

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    #409 3 months ago

    Airline Captain at a Legacy for the past 15 years:

    Started flying in 1990...paid for own college while working 4 jobs in college and staying all summer semesters... took 21 years to pay off 130k of debt for private flight university as USAF Academy slot got rolled to alternate because of upcoming draw down in early 90's, bypassed only option military missle silo assignment and stayed civilian...didn't have furniture for first 3 apartments while flight instructing for 3 years during the 90's and jobs were scarce...slept on a mattress only with no furniture in apartment that I could barely afford while eating PB & J and mac n' cheese just about every day....married early (sometimes you just know and moving around the country unmarried didn't seem like a fit for us or the family) but waited to have kids for 5 years...never took a honeymoon...had a shotgun wedding that cost 7K and got that back from wedding guests...took whatever flying job I could get until the regionals hired in 1996...pay for training was in effect so borrowed 8.5k from relatives and paid them back before paying off student debt, first year only paid 13k so I grossed -7000 after taxes and other costs...naturally running up credit debt just to buy food even though I qualified for food stamps but never took them...upgraded quickly but had to stay 10 years at the regionals due to 9/11...was able to buy a meager starter home for 104k with 3k down on FHA loan and live in for 15 years... finally got hired at majors only to have mandatory age 65 implemented (which extended soon to be retired pilots at age 60 another 5 years - think moving the goal markers)...recession hit..and merger takes place...oh yeah, and you have to start over at the bottom of the airline when switching companies...lost 14% of seniority and finally back at parity after 10 years post merger...got kicked out of Captain seat on 737 to right seat of 787 due to base shrinkage and luckily got back to the left seat a year later only to sit on reserve for 4 years (basically on call and brutal hours)...


    It all paid off...

    Looking back I made financial mistakes, but had no mentors and could have gone different routes but it worked out somehow...

    I'm now sitting back in the CA seat, built a nice new house, pool, home theater, game room, live within my means and can now afford Pinball machines...

    Only took 29 years of blood, sweat and hard work your mileage may vary

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