I Asked ChatGPT To Write a Money Diary: Oxnard, California

Pop Culture Crime
5 min readOct 26, 2023
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A couple of days ago, I asked ChatGPT to write a Money Diary for a diarist in Ventura, California. Today, I asked ChatGPT to explore a nearby beach town to see what kinda of variations I would get.

Here are the results and my commentary.

Location: Oxnard, California
Occupation: Marine Biologist
Age: 27
Salary: $65,000/year
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,907 after taxes
Rent: $1,300 for a one-bedroom apartment near the beach

Okay, so the last beachy diarist was also a marine biologist. I’m beginning to wonder if that’s going to be the default for diarists who live near a California beach. Definitely something to explore. Also, there’s no way this diarist lives alone (even in a one-bedroom) for $1,300.

DAY 1: Sunday

7:00 AM — Woke up, did some light stretching while watching the sunrise from my balcony.
7:30 AM — Breakfast is a smoothie bowl with fresh strawberries, chia seeds, and almond milk.
9:00 AM — Took a stroll along Oxnard State Beach, collected some seashells.
11:00 AM — Brunch at Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut with my best friend, Michelle. Had their famous cinnamon roll French toast. It’s sinful. ($17)

1:00 PM — Reading a new book, “The Ocean’s Secrets”, on my balcony.
3:00 PM — Took a drive down to Downtown Oxnard to explore Heritage Square and grab a latte from Fresh & Fabulous Café. Their almond milk latte is a treat. ($4)

7:00 PM — Cooked dinner — shrimp tacos with homemade guacamole.
9:00 PM — Watched an episode of “Ozark” on Netflix. I’m hooked.
11:00 PM — Bedtime.

Total Spend: $21

She has a balcony too? She’s got a sweet deal on rent. Mrs. Olson’s is a really good breakfast choice, I used to go there a lot on weekends and I miss it. I really feel like “sinful” is a great addition to this Money Diary.

I love that this diarist as well as the last marine biologist both read vague ocean-related books.

DAY 2: Monday

7:00 AM — Alarm. Morning routine.
8:00 AM — Grabbed an avocado toast from Xielo Artisan Desserts before heading to the Marine Center. ($6)
9:00 AM — Researching the migratory patterns of…



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