|Anybody else embarrassingly satisfied this season?||Cory|
Nov 28, 2003 9:10 AM
|Call it a Friday topic, though it looks like I'm the only person in America not working in retail who's in the office today:
The "What do you want for Christmas?" inquisition has started around our house. I've been trying to come up with suggestions just so nobody wastes money or gives me something stupid--and I'm blank.
Usually I ask for cycling stuff, but I have the last bike I'll ever need, enough accessories (wheels, tires, tubes, extra bar tape, you name it) to last several seasons, everything. Off the bike, I have an OK house, a decent-enough car, more clothes than I can wear, the typical middle-class American deal. Unless somebody's going to give my kids scholarships to Stanford, there isn't anything in the world I want or need.
I'm not looking for suggestions, including the idea that I donate extra money to charity. We do that anyway. I'm just wondering: Is this unAmerican? Do I need to WANT more and CONSUME to do my share for the New Republican Economy? Am I the only one who's relatively content? And if not, do the rest of you realize how lucky we are compared to most of the rest of the world, or even the nation?
|re: Anybody else embarrassingly satisfied this season?||Jon Billheimer|
Nov 28, 2003 9:31 AM
I'm with you! I for one do realize how fortunate we all are. I'm happy with my life, happy with what I have, happy with my relationships. Wanting or needing more is not part of my personal landscape right now, and most of all I'm thankful for that!
|re: Anybody else embarrassingly satisfied this season?||bill105|
Nov 28, 2003 9:34 AM
|i give thanks daily and i am amazed at how much i/we have and have to look forward to.|
|I want a hamburger; no, a cheeseburger...||rwbadley|
Nov 28, 2003 9:50 AM
|Spaulding's line from Caddyshack.
I have to agree with you Cory. Yesterday I waded through the huge mound of sales flyers that came with the daily rag and found nothing of much interest. I guess that means I already have everything, or that my buying desire has been short circuited.
I took the kid down to the record (cd) store yesterday and after perusing the aisles for an hour I came away with...nothing. Tho' I did see a few titles that may be of interest at a later time.
A Thanksgiving (and Christmas) tradition I did for years was to take a half dozen brown bags and load 'em up with assorted foodstuff and a pint of rotgut. I'd walk down to our local denizen hangouts and when I saw a likely suspect ask if they'd like some lunch, then hand 'em a bag. I'll always remember the looks of surprise on their faces as they looked inside the bags. The satisfaction was mutual. Naturally I felt some pang of guilt that I would go home to a warm house the other 363 days, and they would still be outside, but hey what can ya do...
The kicker is that those outdoor lifestyle folks here in the US still have it better than sooo many others on the globe.
I consume enough to not feel bad about not consuming more.
|I disagree with you on so many things...||moneyman|
Nov 28, 2003 10:26 AM
|But your post sure fits my situation to a tee. If you are un-American (which I would argue you are not) then so am I. I certainly don't need anything, nothing that I really want, either, and I really am quite content. And, like you, I am in the office today and I don't work in retail. Lucky? Even though the statement "The harder I work, the luckier I get" pretty well describes my situation, by luck of the draw I ended up being born in the US to a white middle-class family. I guess I just made the most of what was given to me.
|Pussy Galore||Live Steam|
Nov 28, 2003 11:36 AM
|This past week was very tiring. My wife threw her back out so bad she was bed ridden. I did all of the shopping, straightened out the house and did all of the cooking and prep for our dinner yesterday.
Today there is a Bond film fest on cable and all I have planned is to lay on the couch and watch 007 and the many beautiful ladies he encountered during his adventures. That and a few coldies :O)
Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger"
Jill St. John as Tiffany Case in "Diamonds Are Forever"
Maryam d'Abo as Kara Milovy in "The Living Daylights"
Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova in "The Spy Who Loved Me"
Karin Dor as Helga Brandt in "You Only Live Twice"
Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver in "Live and Let Die"
Zena Marshall as Miss Taro in "Dr. No"
Kristina Wayborn as Magda in "Octopussy"
Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench in "Dr. No"
Maud Adams as Octopussy in "Octopussy"
Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight in "The Man With The Golden Gun"
Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe in "Thunderball"
Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki in "You Only Live Twice"
Jane Seymour as Solitaire in "Live and Let Die"
I have what I need for the day. As for needing anything else material, I have what I need there too. I also think it's a product of getting older. Most of us accumulate things along the path of life and soon realize, with the wisdom of age of course, that there is much more to life and it's enjoyment. Now if I could only win that Mega-Millions pic tonight :O)
|How 'bout a donation to the Human Fund in your honor? nm||pitt83|
Nov 28, 2003 11:42 AM
|OK Castanza! :O) nm||Live Steam|
Nov 28, 2003 11:44 AM
|Got it: $100 to Hillary from Live Steam & Doug Sloan||Cory|
Nov 28, 2003 3:46 PM
|With notes that say, "Please let me know if you need more. I'll do anything I can to bring fairness and honesty back to American politics"|
|I'll cut that check when ...||Live Steam|
Nov 28, 2003 5:15 PM
|she joins the Human Race. Honesty from the Clintons? I'm surprised your keyboard allowed you to type that post without breaking. Thanks Cory, I needed a good laugh :O)|
|I'd rather buy you a new Rivendell ;-) nm||DougSloan|
Nov 28, 2003 9:58 PM
Nov 28, 2003 4:10 PM
|My wife asked me this morning what I want for Christmas. I sat there with a blank expression on my face for a good 45 seconds to a minute before she gave up and walked away. I have just about all the bike stuff I need or want. My car gets me everywhere I need to know with enough room to haul kids and plenty of stuff. Our house is in pretty good shape after last year's remodel. I have four pairs of jeans, enough suits to make it through a trial without looking like a hobo, a drawer full of boxers, two pairs of dress shoes, a pair of Adidas Sambas, some hiking boots, many pairs of shorts, and plenty of casual shirts. The only spending I'm really looking forward to is a planned family trip to Chicago in June.|
|Gifts: A claim of identity.||dr hoo|
Nov 30, 2003 4:36 AM
|I think you people look at gift giving in a conventional way. However, IMO it is not about what someone WANTS, it is about who someone IS.
Think about good gifts you have gotten, and bad gifts too. What is the common thread for the bad gifts? They are things that YOU don't like. Why don't you like them? They have nothing to do with you. They don't fall into your "taste". And good gifts? Those are the ones that hit you right where you live.
So, the old saying "It's the thought that counts" is better stated "It is the thought about the PERSON that counts."
I'm giving my father-in-law a super soaker squirt gun for xmas this year. Why? He is battling squirrels raiding his bird feeders with only a coffee cup full of water. He needs more firepower, accuracy, and ammo capacity.
He is a man that has everything. But he doesn't have that.
When people ask you what you want, they are reducing the gift exchange, taking it closer to a simple economic transaction. When asked what I want I reply, "Whatever you think I might like."
Then I smile.
|There is SOME hope for civilization||critmass|
Nov 30, 2003 2:45 PM
|Nobody took the DVD from under the woman while she was lying there unconscious. Must have been that wonderful Christmas spirit !!!!
|Who said mega-corporations are heartless||mickey-mac|
Nov 30, 2003 4:27 PM
|True or false, I love this line:
"Ellzey said Wal-Mart officials called later Friday to ask about her sister, and the store apologized and offered to put a DVD player on hold for her."
Of course, Wal-Mart is putting the same DVD player on hold for 30 other shoppers: first come, first served.
|re: Anybody else embarrassingly satisfied this season?||TJeanloz|
Dec 1, 2003 6:26 AM
|We had that inquisition until a few years ago, when the entire family got together and decided we didn't really want anything. We don't do the whole present routine anymore - except for the little kids, who do have toy department needs. Another side of my family (who are notoriously cheap) get together on Christmas eve morning, each draw a name from a hat, and have the day to purchase, for less than $10, a present for their person. That system seems to work pretty well for them.
It's pretty nice, it's turned the whole Christmas holiday into Thanksgiving II.
|I need a Toast-'r-Oven||128|
Dec 1, 2003 6:55 AM
|Set mine on fire a couple months ago heating taco shells. Still works but is completely black on the inside and I don't feel like cleaning it.
We tried the gifts-just-for-the-kids and grabag for the adults but I lobbied for all gifts to everyone this year and was met with strong bi-partisan support.
I always like to give and receive books, so mine is a one stop shop with an occasional Target or Home Depot thrown in for variety, and true, buying what fits the PERSON is really cool. I look around, see what they need and work from there.
Mainly, it's about a great meal and catching up with family. I'm hosting the west coast faction this year and planning the dinner. Woo hoo!
(how'd that word get underlined??)