I have been thinking in tens lately and trying to make lists that polarize my style. I listed 10 Luxuries We Can Afford which got me thinking about the things that I can just live without.
1. Cable TV – My true reason here is that I could get hooked and then I’d never get anything done. When Charlie and I go on vacation we’re often treated to cable television and more than one set to watch. We can spend up to half the time separated: I watch Home and Garden channels and he watches NASCAR. That’s just not right so I would never want that intrusion in my own home. Right, Charlie? Charlie?
2. Texting – Don’t get it, don’t want it, another invasion.
3. Fast food restaurants – My idea of fast food is steamed shrimp or tilapia on the grill; not a generic hamburger served up just like all the other ones. I like my food personal, made just for me. I don’t care if it’s fast but I would like it to be healthy and select. Is that asking a lot? I’m happy picking tomatoes off the vine and popping them into my mouth. Could anything be quicker than that?
4. Clutter – I am already rich in clutter and am looking to become, if not a pauper, a little more moderate.
5. Falling leaves -We have an overabundance of leaves on the ground in our yard. While I love the trees with the leaves on them I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t fall, ever.
Or better yet, recall the scene in Camelot where Guinevere says to Arthur: “And I suppose the autumn leaves fall into neat little piles.”
And Arthur replies: “Oh, no, milady. They blow away completely. At night, of course.”
The dubious Guinevere mocks him: “Of course.”
Well, we’re not living in Camelot.
6. e-cards – The ones I’ve seen have been cute but please don’t send me one because it puts me on another unwanted e-mailing list.
7. Stink bugs – I simply detest them; they creep me out. ‘Nuf said. If you don’t know what they are then count yourself blessed.
8. Pawn shops – I don’t personally use pawn shops for either buying or selling. It seems to me they prey on the meanest element of society while they themselves skirt the issues of truth and due diligence and exact a tidy profit. It appears I’m not the only person who doesn’t care for pawn shops.
9. Bank fees – I think it’s unreasonable for me to give my money to someone and pay them for their opportunity to use it. I don’t like to pay banking fees and will close any account that charges them.
10. Squirrels – Rats with bushy tails.
I realize this is a highly opinionated (not militantly so, however) and very personalized list of “things I can do without”.
What’s on your list?