Expensive, but BORING!
Some major purchases we make in life are just boring.
Some purchases are fun, some improve your quality of life, some just make you feel good. A new car for instance not only improves the quality of your life, but just makes you feel good. It makes you feel good every time you smell that new car smell.
This May, for my 70th birthday I bought a beautiful very expensive new guitar. It improved the quality of my life as it is such fun to play. The smell of fresh cut mahogany of the all mahogany guitar makes me feel good every time I take it out of its case.
This week I was forced to buy a new computer. It is not much different than the old computer, a little lighter, a little faster, but essentially it has not improved the quality of my life. There is no new computer smell.
This week we also had to replace our 10+ year old washer and dryer. This is the fourth time in my life I have purchased a new washer and dryer. The first time was exciting as not having to make a trip to the laundromat (scary places late at night) was a clear quality of life improvement. The last three purchases have been boring.
Every single washer and dryer I have purchased have been the same...white with dials. They all operate the same, clean and dry the same and never have a new machine smell. They are all boring, expensive, but boring.
While we were at it, Mrs. C wanted to put down a new linoleum floor in the laundry room, as the old one was a chopped up mess and this would be the time to change it. About the only thing more boring than a new washer and dryer is a linoleum floor. It is no more functional than the old floor and it has no new floor smell.
I’ve spent a lot of money this last week. My bank account is tapped out. You’d think for the money there would at least be some joy. There is not. Life has not changed. The neighborhood is not a-buzz, we have not thrown a party to show off our new computer, washer and dryer, and linoleum floor.
I thought of throwing a party, I almost sent out invitations:
“Come to the Cranky’s and celebrate our new computer which works exactly like the old computer and our new washer and dryer that are still the same old white with knobs and work exactly like the old washer and dryer. Eat, drink and admire the new linoleum floor in our 7x9 laundry room.”
I did not. I figured the only people who would show would have to be really boring.