That may be a fairly universal complaint in this economy of abundance–but I’ve always thought we were exceptions. We’ve moved from a small house to a slightly smaller house to an even slightly smaller house; we sure aren’t about to rent storage space, so we just can’t accumulate much stuff. (What do I mean by “smaller”? Under 1,200 square feet. Our realtor wonders when we’ll ever get out of “starter houses.”)
Beyond that, we’re really not much for shopping (OK, the truth: my wife hates shopping and I’m not a whole lot better), we’d really like to have enough money for retirement, and our only real indulgence — cruises, although it’s been 14 months since our last one — don’t produce stuff except for photos.
We’re also not early adopters. I’d love a high-def wide-screen TV–but our 10-year-old Sony XBR is such a spectacularly good TV that it’s hard to think about changing. Sure, it would make sense to get a DVR and stop using our S-VHS recorder for the small amount of time-shifting I do–but, well, see up top about hating shopping, and the S-VHS recorder works just fine.
So I thought about DVD players: How many of them did we have? We have one TV. Well, except for the other TV I use for exercising. We have one DVD player. Except for the one that’s built in to the little Apex I exercise to. Oh, and except for the player we won in a Safeway drawing a couple of months ago (sitting out in the garage; there were hundreds of winners, and I think it’s a $40 player).
Oops. My PC came with a CD burner and a DVD-ROM player…but after the first CD burner stopped working, and the ultra-cheap CD burner I replaced it with didn’t really work right, I bought a name-brand DVD burner. So that’s two more.
And, of course, my wife’s cheap little notebook has a combo CD burner/DVD player.
Good grief. We have six DVD players. And we’re really not consumers. It gives one pause.
Now, about CD players… I count ten. Our little home stereo. A $15 portable player that works just fine with a $10 set of headphones as an upgrade. And two fairly expensive “CD players,” the two Civics in the driveway.
Plus, of course, the six DVD players.
But hey, we have zero food processors, zero automatic coffeemakers (I make coffee, every morning, with an old Melitta ceramic holder, Trader Joe’s unbleached filter, Trader Joe’s Kauai coffee that I grind fresh–we had two coffee grinders when we got married–and boiling water from the Target Philip Graves-designed teakettle; works great, and takes no longer than an automatic), zero PDAs, zero set-top boxes…
But six DVD players. The stuff is too much with us.
And how are things in your household?