01/30/2006: "The 21st Century's version of window shopping"
Right now I'm broke. I have to make it about 3 weeks on next to nothing which is hard since I have everything set up as autodeductions from my checking account (I can't shuffle around who gets paid and who doesn't nearly as easily). I have to pay my late sales taxes because my friend told me they publish your name in the paper if you get too delinquent!
Anyway, one thing I like to do when things get like this is go to websites and spend hours shopping for things I can't afford. Last night I carefully considered the pros and cons of buying a cone 10 over a cone 5 kiln, I tried to decide between the emergency survival kit with the lemon or the chocolate flavored food pouches (I watched the movie Supervolcano), created colored patterns for a new spinnaker, calculated how big of latch I'd need to support a 4-stroke outboard (or shall it be a 2-stroke?)....I also filled up my amazon cart with my top 100 movie list (those available on DVD anyway, speaking of which, Delicatessan is coming out on DVD in May), I also made some starting bids of $5.00 on items in ebay that I know will sell for waaaaay more than that.
I *know* I'll never buy any of it, but shopping as though money weren't an issue is comforting when money is an issue. On the other hand, when I have money (never enough to buy all that but relatively speaking) I don't spend any time online shopping. I guess it's true that the more you can't have something the more you desire it.