**Note - let's keep the macroeconomics and politics out of this discussion** I don't know how many times I've seen or heard an older musician tell me that he or she worked all summer long to be able to afford the shiny new P-bass in the window back in the 70s or the Strat next door in the 60s. I've also noticed many older members on TB and throughout my time as a musician scoff at us "youngins" not being able to save our money because we live in a "generation of instant gratification". This is true to an extent, but I think some of my older friends in music forget that a dollar doesn't buy what it used to. I, for instance, worked my BUTT off all summer making minimum wage at a local restaurant. I worked some weeks with 4 straight 12-hour days or two weeks without a day off when business allowed. But when business slowed down (as it does in Florida's summer) so did my hours. I also had to pay for my own gas, phone, insurance, food, etc. I've been living back at my parents while I go to school, so luckily room and board was paid for. But I was lucky I landed this job since the economy in my area is bad (much like everywhere else) and I'm lucky I know the owner. I would have loved to have gotten a bass from all my earnings, but there was no way I could have afforded that unless I saved every penny of my earnings. I'm not asking for a pity party, I just think it's sad that the days are gone where a kid can actually earn him/herself what he or she wants. So next time you old geezers go tellin' stories to the youngins, don't assume that we're all lazy and hooligans, a lot of us would love to work like you guys did back in the stone age and earn a shiny new p-bass .