Bob has the worst of both worlds; he lives in a suburb that's as expensive as living in a city. So he gets all of the expense that comes with living in a city, while living far enough away that it's a major pain in the ass to get to anything. At least if he lived in the country, he'd have the bother of having to travel to things, but a cheap, nice apartment to live in. In some Midwestern, mid-sized cities and college towns, luxury apartments full of amenities run about 900 dollars/mo. Cost of living is also a lot lower, with gas being especially cheap.Bob being poor is one of the more confusing things about him. I know there was a lengthy talk about his fiances not too long ago, but Bob is of the opinion that people in rural America should move to major cities, but simultaneously claims that thanks to the internet and the information economy, people can make a living anywhere. But Bob does neither of these things. I guess Boston counts as a major city, but he's living in the suburbs.
A while back we discussed his thoughts about the film "Revenge of the Nerds." Bob thought the only thing that was wrong with it was that the Nerds were into computers and math, whereas TRUE NERDS like Bob would be into examining and reviewing pop culture ephemera. In other words, Bob hates that fact that out of all the Nerds there are, he's by far the laziest type. The type who obsess over sci-fi themed media (the softest sci-fi they can find) and who compensate for their perceived lack of intelligence by Fedora-tipping and jizzing over SCIENCE!Same. I also think that he's incorporated it into his worldview(s). That in tandem with that Bob probably believes in the idea that nerds/ social outcasts like him are bullied because they are inherently smarter than the average person and that those who bully him are dumb and destined to working low-end jobs, is probably why Bob harks on about intelligence so much. He thinks he's smarter than those who bullied him and flaunts his own perceived intelligence as a means of proving his own superiority.