I think I’m running out of gadgets to buy. I know that’s theoretically the goal, to have everything you want, but it’s also a little sad. A person needs to covet electronics during the cold winter months, I believe, so he can stay warm by planning and researching and scheming…
But I got nothing. It’s probably a good thing, because I also don’t have an abundance of disposable cash lying around. But one thing doesn’t really have much to do with the other, does it?
Many of you will remember that I was obsessing (OBSESSING!) about buying a new camera at this time last year. We were planning our big trip to England, and I wanted to take along a new fancy-pants pitcher-taker.
For a long time I was ready to purchase either a Canon or Nikon DSLR, with a wide array of replaceable lenses, and assorted douchery. But a little voice inside my head (for some reason it sounded like a harelipped man) told me I’d be wasting my money.
Yes, it was an excruciating affair… yet also invigorating.
Eventually I compromised and bought a high-end Canon point and shoot, as well as a small and relatively inexpensive Nikon Coolpix. I can’t remember why I bought two cameras, but it all seemed very logical at the time.
And you can probably guess which one is rarely used, and which is used constantly. Yep, that $99 Coolpix is one of my favorite cameras ever. I love it.
I’m just glad I heeded the harelip warning… I was prepared to drop four figures on a DSLR, and it would’ve been a monumental error. A person just doesn’t need a National Geographic set-up to capture the kind of images I’m hoping for.
My home computer is fairly new, and loaded-up with so much memory and disk space it can handle anything I throw at it. So everything’s fine there. Same goes for the laptop. God, my laptop is sexy… I’m sorry, I need a moment.
OK, I’m back. I went through a brief but powerful GPS jag. And we ended up buying a Garmin at Circuit Shitty, which has never been out of its indestructible clamshell packaging. In fact, I don’t even know where it is. We might require a GPS device to locate our GPS device.
And that pretty much does it. A person only needs so many flash drives, and I believe I’ve reached that threshold. My music delivery system is doing its job nicely, and there’s nothing to upgrade there, either.
So I’ve got nothing. It sucks. Oh, I have a mild interest in getting my car stereo replaced, with something iPod-ready. But so far it hasn’t bloomed into a full obsession. So, I just don’t know.
And I’d like to replace the upstairs TV with something a little more modern. The one we’re using now is from the Atlanta years, with a 27-inch screen, and weighing roughly the same as a Burger King. But, once again, I just can’t work up a good fixation on it.
For two days last month I was fired-up about one of these turntables you can use to turn your vinyl LPs into mp3 files. I nearly bought one, when I saw it on sale for $79. But that fire’s gone out, as well.
I tried to get excited about a home theater system, but can’t muster even the slightest interest. And I don’t really understand the excitement about iPhones, and Blackberrys, and that sort of thing.
So here I am in the middle of winter, with no gadgetry to drive my friends and family to the brink of suicide about. It’s a sad state of affairs. Will somebody please hold me?
What are you clinging to, during these cold months? What pending purchase are you “researching”? Tell us about it in the comments.
And also have yourselves a fantastic Wednesday. Or whatever day it is.