Thursday, June 7, 2007
What, this old thing?
Life used to be so complicated. Time was, spending my money was almost as much trouble as making it, and there were specific steps involved:
1. Entertain the thought that making a purchase was a distinct possibility.
2. Make the decision to search out choices for said purchase.
3. Get into the car; drive to retail establishment.
4. Return home to retrieve purse. Drive back to retail establishment.
5. Choose one:
(a) Speak with sales associate
(b) dodge sales associate
(c) give stink-eye to sales associate who is dodging me
6. Attempt to narrow choice of items by (choose one or all three):
(a) impossibly long mental list of pros and cons
(b) 2 phone calls to ask others' opinion
7. Decide to purchase item in all four colors.
8. Give them my money.
9. Return home with purchase.
10. Regret that I hadn't purchased items in larger size.
Now, all I have to do is open my inbox. Every day--several times a day--I receive emails from the most thoughtful folks who are happy to tell me about that thing I hadn't known I wanted but, as it turns out, simply can't live another minute without. For the purposes of illustration, I've included some examples of items I didn't know existed when I woke up this morning, but have since determined to be essential. Because I am thoughtful, too, I'm linking them for you (just in case no one has yet told you what items you can't live without today).
It's a wonderful time to be alive.