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LA band YACHT takes the Marketplace Quiz

You might have heard of the "Proust Questionnaire." It's a set of questions about values and dreams improperly attributed to French writer Marcel Proust. (He actually answered it a few times, but didn't write it.) We came up with our own version about money, because what we spend our money on and why usually reveals more about our personalities than we'd imagine.

Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans from the Los Angeles-based band YACHT released their latest album, "I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler," recently and stopped by the Marketplace's headquarters in downtown LA to fill it out.

Fill in the blank: Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______

Claire Evans: Cat food!

In a next life, what would your career be?

Jona Bechtolt: I think, experiential flavor scientist. Thinking like, candies, breakfast cereals, real sugary, that kind of stuff.

What is the hardest part about your job that no one knows?

Evans: File management.

When did you realize music could be a career?

Bechtolt: Super early on. When I was in 5th grade, my girlfriend at the time gave me a Nirvana cassingle as a Valentine's Day present. And I was like, "Oh yeah! I want girlfriends to give their boyfriends cassingles of my band that costs money." 

When did you realize music could be a career? 

Evans: When it started playing the bills.

What is your most prized possession?

Bechtolt: Electric toothbrush.

Evans: That is such a good answer.

What is something you bought that you now completely regret buying?

Evans: It's possible that you bought me this, but that really difficult puzzle with no image that's all silver and you only can do the puzzle by just shape alone.

Bechtolt: It has a great like German name too, like Rowthenberg's...

Evans: Yeah, it's called the Ravensburger Kyrpt.

Bechtolt: Yeah! OK ...

Evans: ... and it destroyed my winter 2013.

If money was no object, what's the first thing you would spend it on?

Evans: Huell Howser's volcano house in the desert.

Bechtolt: Nice!

What is something everyone should own, no matter the cost?

Evans: Hmm, a really, really good desk chair.

What was your first, ideally paying, job?

Evans: My first paying job was putting labels on ketchup bottles for my mother's friend's artisanal ketchup company in Portland, Oregon.

Bechtolt: I was going to say, did you grow up in Portland?

In a next life, what would your career be?

Evans: Hmmmm ... rocket librarian.

What's the hardest part about your job that no one knows?

Bechtolt: Feeling that I'm better at everyone else's jobs.

Evans: Whoa ...

Bechtolt: Rude.

What is something you bought that you now completely regret buying?

Bechtolt: An Apple Watch.

Evans: Oh! I knew it!

Bechtolt: No, I don't, I don't. I don't! It's just that that's an obvious answer, and it feels too good to say it just because it's fun.

Evans: Yeah, you do regret it, I know you do. I know you do!

Bechtolt: I have a cool jelly band for it, it's awesome.

Evans: I know you wish that you had waited for the second generation.

Bechtolt: No man! It's cool.

What is something everybody should own, no matter what the cost?

Bechtolt: An electric toothbrush.

What was your first, ideally paying, job?

Bechtolt: My first job was at my parent's gas station/convenience store sorting the candy aisle. And that's why I have so many fillings and crowns and terrible teeth.

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