Monday, March 26, 2012

The older we get...

...the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

This bring me to The Hunger Games, of course. I saw pictures of people lined up to get into the film and I thought, "Gee, must be a Beatles reunion. Oh, wait. Can't happen. Hmm."

Seriously. I love seeing fans who can't wait to enjoy something -- a book, a concert, a movie. I waited in line once. I think it was in 1970 and I wanted Eric Clapton's debut album so bad I slept out overnight with some other kids to buy it at a record store. It was worth it.

And I have waited in line when I had to enter items in the Minnesota State Fair, but that was minor. Just a few minutes chatting with other folks carrying jams, wood carvings, quilts, and oddments. Interesting.

Other than that, I do not wait in line unless I am the 2nd or 3rd person there. I have been known to leave restaurants rather than wait 20 minutes (unless they have a bar. I will make exceptions to my rules when alcohol is involved). I am a charter member of the Short Attention Span Theater. I can't sit still long enough for a cat to get comfortable on my lap (unless I'm dozing).

So may it's not "the older we get" that's the rule here. Maybe some of us are just born that way.

But you know, if the Beatles did reunite (with George and John coming back to play a gig), I'd probably wait in line for that.

Monday, January 2, 2012

I wish the buck stopped here ...

since I could use a few.

Seriously: I'm not hurting for money. Yep, I could use more. Anyone can (except maybe Bill Gates and some movie stars). But I can balance my budget adequately without strain. I was able to buy Christmas presents without concern and give gifts that I really wanted to get for people.

Note that I also save on a regular basis and I always have. I'm frugal with my cash, and when I consider a major purchase (like a car for example), I really think and think and think about it. I'm impulsive, up to a point.

Christmas is a great time to re-examine your priorities and shake them up a bit. Just seeing all the hype was an eye-opener. Stepping back and looking, really looking at ads, is interesting. And then there's the excess: Rose Bowl parade, college football bowls, parties ...

Yep. Nothing like a new year to give you a new perspective, isn't there?