Category Archives: consumerism

New Toys

I rarely get new stuff, but received two new toys in the mail today. I have had nooks from the very beginning, and my most recent nook was a nook HD. I have been having trouble with it for some time, and last week I called for customer support for the fifth time this year. I was told that, to fix my problem, I would have to deregister and reregister my device. This entails the wiping of all material on the nook, including side loaded material, and then downloading it again. I hit the roof, and said that it would be the fifth time in a year that I had to do this time consuming and painful operation. (Try downloading 1800 books at one time someday and you will see what I mean.) The customer service person checked my math and agreed that it would be the fifth wipe since the beginning of 2014. She asked to put me on hold for a moment, and came back to tell me that they would be sending me a replacement device, and that it should have been offered earlier. She also informed me that they had no nook HDs available and would be sending me instead a nook HD+, a much nicer machine than I had previously had. Jubilation.

It was particularly nice because I had, the day before, ordered the newest small Kindle. I had on my nook the android Kindle app, but the number of books in it was getting so high that I feared to run out of memory shortly. So I ordered the kindle.

I received tracking numbers for both items, and the invoice initially showed I would get the Kindle on Wednesday, and the nook on Tuesday. But over the weekend I got an update from UPS telling me that they would be delivered together today. They were indeed delivered just as I was about to head off to a meeting. So I am sitting here after midnight having finally downloaded over 2600 books. I noticed that by accident I seemed to have gotten the same book twice, once from B&N and once from Amazon, for a few different titles. I was not concerned. If by buying a book twice I was helping a struggling author, it was all for the good. I hope it happens to me when my first book is published later this spring.

Now all I have to do is to get protective cases for both of them. Just in case.

Daily Prompt: Waiting Room

“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?

It depends on what it is. I want many things I will never have, but the desire for these things fuels my writing, where I can have them and so much more. On the other hand, waiting for a bus, even in the shelter, can be a bear in winter, and the patience wears thin in just a few minutes. We live in a world of acquisitiveness and excess consumerism. I don’t need anything that world can foist on me. Black Friday? Who cares?

And then there are the changes that come too fast, like shopping on Thanksgiving Day.  Nope, not going there. Christmas decorations up the day after Halloween. Not my cup of tea. The whole world has gone crazy with this cupidity, this desire to have and acquire. And to have to have it right now, whomever it discommodes. Even the fanatics in the religious world have to have it right now. Either the Caliphate or the Second Coming, take your pick.

Acquisitiveness is a double edged sword. When you get something new, the newness wears off and you need a new target. So you can be satisfied, but it’s temporary. It’s like a hamster running full tilt on its wheel in its cage. But give him a liberty ball and he can see the world, and lie down and sleep when he’s had enough. If we had learned that lesson, it would be okay. But look at the ads on tv and the social media circus which gives new meaning to “keeping up with the Joneses next door.”

Thank you, I will wait, as patiently as possible, for things to come to fruition. Baby steps of progress are fine with me. I will use my time well while waiting, so I can start waiting for the next thing, when the first thing comes in. It improves the mind and chastens the soul. The world should try it.

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