edu180atl: pat chesser 8.27.12
Every guy has his hobby to maintain sanity, and all worthwhile hobbies cost something. My hobby for the moment is a mountain bike. I am convinced the most beautiful parts of the terra firma world are seen only on a mountain bike: places that are too far to hike and too preserved for ATVs. As you approach 40 you seek out these box-checking epic races fearing that your personal window to do these things is finite. My challenge for 2012- the Leadville 100, described as 100 miles of world-class riders, Colorado terrain, and altitudes above 12,000’ to be completed in less than 12 hours. And for me to have any serious notion of achieving this task, I needed a super-light hard-tailed bike. It took me 9 months of research and guilty conscience to finally pull that trigger. Not cheap. And the cost of this beautiful sled: the monthly payment for our daughter’s college tuition.
Today is click-and-drag day, the day Target UM reminds us via email it is time to fund our daughter’s monthly tuition at the University of Michigan. Every month is a brand new mountain bike. Every semester is a five-star European vacation, every year is a brand new luxury foreign automobile. There’s a culture in Ann Arbor that encourages the student to graduate in 4 years or be sucked into the black vortex of loserdom. We have been at this routine for 3+ years now, and for that culture I am truly grateful. I learned today, on click-n-drag day, that college tuition is very expensive. Perhaps unsustainably so.
About the author: Pat Chesser is the father of expensive children.