John Dishwasher is not just a pseudonym, it is a concept. And this is the concept: You do not have to live the life they tell you to live. You do not have to spend all your hours working full-time jobs just to pay for automobiles and a condo. You can if you want, but you don't have to. It is possible to pay the bills with a part-time job and still have time left to practice your art. You can paint pictures then. You can run marathons. You can learn piano, maybe. You can get a black belt. You gotta live simply to do it. You gotta give up the fancy zip code and the convertible to do it. But you can do it. If you really want, you can just be a dishwasher.

Try this at home, kids!

Actual photo of John Dishwasher riding his bike to work in winter.