Maybe this says more about Nat than he’d like to admit, but I got this email from him a couple weeks back and have neglected to post it. It details the average cost per hour, over two years, of a number of recreational activities. So you can tell how you’re saving money by, say, walking in the park, or masturbating, instead of watching TV or getting drunk.
One thing I’ve been thinking about is calculating entertainment costs
over hours of entertainment to find the lowest buck-for-bang ratio.
I’m amortizing over two years. Below are my numbers, assuming that
you require 36 hours of entertainment per week (about what I require).
I tried to use the cost figures that most people I know would probably
incur, not the minimal ones (e.g. going to the library to watch movies
instead of the theater, I don’t know anyone who does that).
TiVO svc: $200
Dollars/fun-hour quotient: $1.43/hour
Average movie length: 1.85 hours
Cost of ticket: $10
Dollars/fun-hour quotient: $5.41/hour
Average cost of drink: $3.50
Average drinking duration: 3.5
Transportation (presuming a taxi one way): $15
Dollars/fun-hour quotient: $9.00/hour
Average sex duration: 1 hour
Dollars/fun-hour quotient: $1.50/hour
* Sex duration includes foreplay and postcoital cuddling.