Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Questions - Material Possessions


Another Sunday, keeping up with the theme of the year, another 5 questions must be created, answered and posted for others.  I thought this would be easier than it is, I thought I would find other lists of questions or my readers would make suggestions more often.  No such luck, this has stretched my imagination, and that alone probably makes it a good exercise.  Part of the motivation for blogging is to force myself to write, the commitment to posting every day, forces me to write often.  I stumbled across the book above at Target and couldn't resist.  It is published as a workbook with space to write about the 642 things.  Reading the opening page, it was created in 24 hours, with ideas contributed by 35 writers.  

1:  Have you ever lost anything to a thief?  Yes, when I was a teenager and my family was in Florida for the winter, someone broke into the house in Michigan and stole my stereo.  I had worked most of one summer to buy a nice Panasonic component system.

2: What was the last thing you bought for yourself that was a major splurge, much more than you should have spent?  The 42-inch flat screen TV in my bedroom that I bought a year ago, when I was getting ready for a long recovery at home.  I do like it.

3: What is your spending threshold for a splurge?  More than $200.  This number has really gone up, I can remember when spending more than $50 was a major splurge.

4: What is the most valuable thing that you have ever found?  Hmm, I don't find a lot of things,  I did find a video camera that a tourist had left behind in Union Station in DC, I turned it in, I hope the person who lost it came back for it.

5: What was the most expensive thing you ever threw away?  A copy machine, I had bought it for my office when I was working for homebuilders in a field office. The company didn't think field offices needed them.  As I recall I paid over $1,000 for it. After I bought one, the company decided that they did make sense and started providing them.  I used it for several years, it needed expensive parts and I couldn't bring myself to toss it. I drug it along when we moved to Kentucky and it was in the garage. I finally told Jay, I am going upstairs for a few minutes and if it is gone when I come back I won't dig it out of the trash.  I never saw it again.

5 comments:

  1. 1: no

    2: over $300 worth of clothes in one trip; I HATE SHOPPING!

    3: $100

    4: a $20 bill on west river drive in philly

    5: I have never done this

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  2. 1. Almost. A guy tried to pick my pocket at Victoria Station once. I heard a voice coming out of my mouth saying "Don't you f**cking dare!" Guess what he said back? "No problem." !!!
    2. A Paul Smith shirt. It has cuff links and is candy stripped and it fits me like a glove.
    3. £100. I am a broke cheap skate.
    4. A pair of ladies Versace sunglasses. I handed them in.
    5. I once paid extra baggage weight on a flight from Casablanca to Heathrow to bring back an urn which when I got back home it looked ridiculous in my home. I gave it to a charity shop.
    JP

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  3. other topic suggestions:

    medications, dishes (for plating food), flowers, dvd's, books, pets, hobbies, photographs, furniture, household equipment (like a fridge), adult education classes, what do you carry in your pockets/purse/man bag.

    all that from just looking around my house from my couch!

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  4. 1) Not that I can recall, thus I don't think so.
    2) My fourth pair of new glasses with my new prescription this year. (Tom Ford frames I just couldn't resist)
    3) $500 (I am a very blessed man)
    4) My husband, I never returned him but kept him all to meeself.
    5) I'm not good at getting rid of things. Thank god my husband is. I go away on trips and months later will realize something is missing. By then it no longer matters. He smiles, I appreciate his dedication to keeping our life free of unnecessary Tchotchkes.

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  5. 1: Have you ever lost anything to a thief? a man stole my wallet and opened accounts and went on a spending spree. It took a long while to clean it up.

    2: What was the last thing you bought for yourself that was a major splurge, much more than you should have spent? My WASP upbringing forbids me doing so.

    3: What is your spending threshold for a splurge? 500$

    4: What is the most valuable thing that you have ever found? My uncle's comic books from the 50s.

    5: What was the most expensive thing you ever threw away? "Swamp Thing" first edition.

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