This is a discussion on Africa Fund within the Hunting Africa forums, part of the HUNT AFRICA category; What the hell is wrong with me, I must have some kind of a screw loose or something. Here I ...
06-15-2010, 01:25 PM #1
What the hell is wrong with me, I must have some kind of a screw loose or something. Here I sit broke as a joke rummaging through all of my change to see if I can come up with enough money for a can of chew. The real problem is that I am not actually broke, but all of the money I have left until payday is in my Africa account. This has me thinking about all of the things I do just to get back to Africa for a week or two. My wife has been telling me for a while that there is definitely some mental disconnect between me and reality but until now I thought it was she with the disconnect.
When I buy clothes I use a simple criteria, they must be green, tan, camo, and cheap. I buy my winter clothes in the summer and my summer clothes in the winter (off the sale rack). My wife seems to have some weird sense of fashion and often insists that two shades of green donít necessarily make a matching outfit. I have tried to set her straight on this issue so many times but all to no avail. She wastes all lot of time every morning deciding what to wear, not me, I buy five identical olive drab shirts and I know exactly what Iím wearing tomorrow. My point is you donít have to waste a lot of money on clothes.
Cars are a BIG waste of money. I donít know how many guys in big fancy 4x4 trucks ask me how I can afford to go to Africa, duhÖ if you waste all your money on truck payments and insurance youíll never be able to afford a safari. I drive a 1988 Chevy half ton 2 wheel drive. I donít need a 4x4 because my friend has one. When I get stuck I just give him a call and before I can say ďremember that time at the strip jointĒ heís pulled me out and Iím back on the road. Six or eight years ago I developed a little bit rust problem but I found that a rolled up pair of socks keeps the dust and the wasps out. Since it is on the passenger side the guy I park beside at work is nice enough to let me know when I need to change socks.
GunsÖ. Probably better not go there in case my wife ever reads this.
Speaking of wives, nothing more expensive than a wife. Mine has this thing about groceries; she thinks they are more important than the Africa fund. Most people can live without a meal every now and then. Shoes, how many pairs do you need? The answer of course is two, summer boots and winter boots. This was another point of contention between my wife and I so in order to show that I am a team player I went out and bought her a new pair. I went to the shoe department at Wal-Mart and bought her a pair of flip flops that had a rhinestone glued on the front. She was pissed when I gave them to her complaining about a cheap pair of flip flops. I on the other hand explained to her that these were not flip flops but in fact they are decorative slip ons.
Wow, I am glad I took the time to write this all out, sometimes just seeing it all on paper makes it so much clearer. After reading all my comments I see that I am after all the voice of reason and that I have nothing to worry about. Now if you will excuse me I need to go lift the cushions on the couch and see if I can find another quarter.
06-15-2010, 06:05 PM #2
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LOL! I love it.
Sad part is, I am exactly like you. I am not going on my first safari until this July, and I'm already trying to figure out when I can afford to go back.
06-16-2010, 09:49 AM #3
nd, even though I wrote this jokingly it is certainly based in truth. I am a bit short on time today but my next lesson will deal with equating dollars to trophy fees. Glad you enjoyed it. Jim
06-16-2010, 12:13 PM #4
Even though i am not going back until 2012 and have more than half the money already. Every time i spend a big wad of cash i think to myself, i would rather put that in the africa fund.I have walked in the tracks of the elephant, heard the lion roar and met the buffalo on his terms. I shall never be the same.
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