My aunt, who's a realtor, took me to a couple of houses in the area today. There's one town house that's perfect, and a great value. It's two bedrooms, everything's brand new, the kitchen is great, it has a washer-dryer, stairs, block construction, one-car garage, all that. The fact that it's under $150,000 and somehow not a shit hole, that's impressive, and it's a deal that might not last long, even in this market.
The problem is, when I told her my salary, she agreed that I was underpaid, especially considering that I've been working where I've been working for eight years. And she suggested that I seriously look for better work. And I hemmed and hawwed and gave her the usual excuses that salarymen give when they're feeling too down-trodden to put out a shingle. And she suddenly became concerned that maybe I shouldn't anchor myself down to the southeast corner of Scottsdale.
Except, they're trying to move us from hourly to salary, with an appropriate adjustment. I started at $15/hour in '00, and I'm at $22.11 right now. In the past, my excuse was that I hadn't been exposed to any technology that wasn't a specific invention of my own company. But now, my role has expanded, and I might be able to hold my own in another company.
But I think we all know what's really going to happen: I'm going to stay here and coast. So if I'm going to coast, I might as well be earning equity.
Also, even in that corner of Scottsdale, it's pretty damn easy to get into downtown Tempe by bus, and that's where the hot jobs are, right?