Yes, yes, I know I said I was going to write on technology and society on Wednesdays, but sometimes things come up. And I lied.
OK, try this. I am presently going through a list of Nine Things that Will Disappear in (Your, My, Our) Lifetime(s). So far I have reflected on checks and privacy (I think). Anyhow, I came across another list so this post is related in that it pertains to a list. So I hope that makes a difference. If you have complaints, please send them to:
Harrison Bergeron, Blogmaster
Biscuit City Productions
Biscuit City VA 20007.3
The list is from a Kiplinger magazine article on "Seven Things Worth Splurging On." Here's a link if you don't believe that I am not making this up. And it has pictures in case you have never seen something like a watch: http://money.msn.com/shopping-deals/7-things-worth-splurging-on-kiplinger.aspx?cp-documentid=250086734
(An aside here: Isn't "splurge" a funny word? I think so. I hope you do, too.)
So, the seven things are:
1. A kitchen renovation. Agreed. We had ours redone about three years ago and we love it love it love it. Sometimes I walk into the kitchen and think I'm in another house. Then I forget what I came in for. Usually, it's to eat something, so that narrows it down.
2. Apple stock. $610 a share. If I invested directly in the stock market, maybe. But we have our investments through an investment counselor. I have no idea what they are. We meet with him and he shows us colorful graphs and charts, and I still have no idea what is going on. A financial genius I am not, other than to tell you, "Buy low, sell high." There. Who says blogs are useless?
3. Non-Stop Flights. It says they save time and money. No duh. You can fly directly to Atlanta in about an hour and a half or you can take a two-stop through Cleveland and Orlando and take all day. Your choice, Sparky.
4. A Digital SLR Camera. Sure. Why not? I take lousy pictures, and I'm sure they would be lousy if I used said digital SLR camera or my Kodak Instamatic.
5. An American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card. C'mon now. I have so many credit cards now I'm not even sure what they are. I need another one about like a hole in the head, Gold Rewards or Golden Calf or whatever.
6. A Cartier Watch worth $4650. No, thanks. I like my $29.95 Timex. The Cartier is supposed to last a lifetime. I calculate I can by 155 Timexes the price of one Cartier. If the Timex lasts only a year (and they last four or five years), I would be 219 years old by the time I made up the price of the Cartier.
7. Prix Fixe Fine Dining. Sure would, if I could find a place within 200 miles of where I live that offers such a thing. In the meantime, we have coupons for Red, Hot and Blue.
I know, I sound like a cheapskate. I am. And I have my own indulgences, including guitars that are worth the equivalent of three Cartier watches. But you can't play "Stairway to Heaven" on a watch. I've tried and it doesn't work.
But you indulge yourself however you want. You work hard, and you've earned it.