gbz wrote:...I'm not trying to make any broader point about the real world. I personally think $10,000 is a fair bit of money that I certainly don't have growing on a tree in the back yard. I'm merely challenging the assertion that someone who has a fair amount of contacts (or should have in order to make a general claim about people in business, biglaw, etc.) in a well paying field does not know a single person or two who thinks that $10,000 is a big deal. Lets also not kid ourselves, $10,000 does not buy what it used to buy.
(And, yes, I have talked to a few of these "mythical" people in the past 6 months.)
edit: I'm sure there are plenty of millionaires in biglaw and business. And if you know enough people in these two industries, you should know at least one. That is essentially my point.
I know lots of millionaires, and certainly many people who drop 10k on stupid crap that I would never buy, but none who would say 10k is an amount that you would just throw away. Rather, it is a meaningful and significant amount of money. None of them, or their families, became wealthy by thinking 10k was not a big deal, and they certainly think it is a big deal when they freeze our raises and cut our bonuses. I'm sure these people exist, e.g. paris hilton, so I'll concede the point, but you seem to be trying to make this point for no reason other than to be a nuisance, because people here seem to be discussing taking out loans or having to consider working for a living.
This kind of nonsense is why I, and other grads, don't post on these sites much. Who wants to fight with 0Ls on lame points like this.