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Partying for oneRoman Sigaev

I have rarely seen a more brazen attempt to provoke the masses than this first-person account of a millennial man's decision to not buy a house and instead live at home while spending freely on booze, restaurant meals and travel.

No need to get outraged – lots of people have taken care of that for you on social media. Instead, I want you to consider what it is that bugs people so much about this guy. Yes, he comes off as spoiled and self-absorbed. Lives at home! His mom does his laundry! But I wonder if his commitment to seeking fabulous experiences also offends our idea of how young adults should act.

We seem to think that the righteous path for millennials leads to the front door of a nice house. Fine food, good booze and exotic travel are for when you've earned them – in your 60s, after you retire. Our big spender disagrees, and that's obviously irritating to a lot of people. I think he's gone way overboard in his spending, and I emphasize that he's no personal finance model. But I do hope he gets you thinking that there are lives to be lived that don't involve home buying. A fine example can be found in this column I wrote recently about a smart young woman in Toronto who rents for lifestyle reasons.

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