I grew up in Northwest Washington, and started working at my parents auto shop at the ripe old age of 7. Yes, I really said 7. I have fond memories of my mother making me do my first 1040 EZ by hand. I made minimum wage cleaning, doing errands and doing odds and ends around the shop when I wasn’t in school. I got paid a cash bonus per day of a nickel if I added the supplier receipts correctly, clearly I had a motivation to do my math correctly. Let’s just say paying taxes at that age was more depressing than it is now. Of course, it doesn’t help that I owed six whole bucks to the government; that was big money for me as an eight year old. I have since gone on to do my taxes over the internet (*cough* though still capable of using a pencil).
I have quite the interest in economics, and as a result a degree in business, probably because I don’t spell well so math and science turned out to be easier for me. Arguably I didn’t learn most of my economic theory from the same place I got my degree, I learned it by using it and reading. I’ve no real desire to get an MBA, but who knows where I’ll find myself.
My day job as a Vocational Coordinator for Community Connections in Durango, Colorado is fulfilling, but using my BeLocal coupon book at every opportunity and prodding the shop purveyors on the why’s and how’s, and of course studying the economic impact of it all is really what keeps me engaged with the community.
My blog is an attempt to order my thoughts and experiences in my local economy. Hopefully I’ll be doing an interview or two a month with a local business and I’ll be talking about how the local economy works (both the on paper ideas and how the real world works). I’ll also be talking about my own purchases while I try to move more of my spending to local businesses (with a goal of 75% of my spending local).