Today it's a I WANT IT NOW! society. A young lady I work with threw out a pair of slacks because the back seam came undone. I asked her why she just didn't sew them up ..."Too much trouble"! My sister-in-law (the one that's not wrapped to tight) bought her daughter THREE iPods because she threw one at the wall, dropped one in the toilet, and 'lost' the other one. She HAD to have one! A young lady (5th grader) got a cell phone (one with the big screen, she can do email, watch movies, etc) for her birthday a couple of weeks ago. Now, what does a 5th grader NEED with a cell phone?
I remember going up to the corner to call my gf, and freezing my yahoo off standing inside a phone booth in the winter. My parents didn't think they NEEDED a phone, since there was one less than a block away.
Folks today HAVE to have the latest gadget or 'coolest' car. I've been asked (several times) when I'm getting a new motorcycle. I've had it 7 years this past April, and in a couple of weeks I'll have 62,000 miles on it. My wife has a 2004 Ford Escort ZLX (?) with almost 100,000 miles, my 2000 van has 124,000 miles. My bike insurance is $134 a year (yes a YEAR) for full coverage. My property tax on all 3 vehicles was $67 this year.
Everything runs great (my van and bike are paid for, and my wife's car will be paid off this Dec), why should I get new vehicles? My OLD van ('93 Plymouth Voyager) had 218,000 miles (paid $2,500 for it in Aug 2000) and when the fuel pump went 2 years ago, I scrapped it (it was really looking rough) because the new pump would have cost over $600. No thanks, I'll keep things until they start nickel and diming me.
There's a web site where folks give things away (a Yahoo group; www.freecycle.org) and I got a nice floor lamp FREE...I put a new wire and plug and shade on it. A couple of years ago, a Navy Chief I used to work with gave me a dresser and chest of drawers (his daughter moved out). My neighbor helped me strip and refinish it. REAL wood (not that laminate crap), REAL wood drawer bottoms.
FREECYCLE.ORG where folks who can use/need things that are still shape instead of throwing them into the scrap pile. I also got a beautiful guitar, clarinet, & BIG telescope. Also found 2 end tables, a dining room table (no chairs), couch & love seat for a friend from church who moved away from home and needed things to start out with. I've also given things folks posted as WANTED. Check it out. In most towns you can post a WANT/OFFER for everything but weapons, ammo, animals, drugs, alcohol, spouses, children
· 8 years ago