Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WHAT DO I CRAVE?

Browsing in one of my magazines, I saw a photo of a luxury car, expensive dress, fabulously chic shoes -- the real price -- next to it, an amazing bargain price for each item.

I speed-read ahead, and learned about gilt.com, a new Website. On gilt.com, you can buy all sorts of luxury items at super-low bargain prices.

Like groupon.com, apparently gilt.com is booming. Already big investors are investing in it. The article went on and on about its IPO, (initial public offering), that's going to get millions of people signing up and buying the luxuries they crave.

I put a check mark on the page and attached a paper clip thinking "Well, maybe I could do a blog about this."

Big money stuff, a hot new Website selling luxury items that people crave, doesn't excite me these days the way they used to.

With my husband, John Cullum, I've bought a very expensive luxury car, considered buying a mansion, and haute couture clothes were certainly something I craved.

Maybe because I belong to yesterday -- am part of the previous generation or the one before that -- nowadays I don't think about or crave luxury, beyond what we have in our home -- 5th floor, our attic style bedroom at the rear of our loft, where sounds from the other buildings can't be heard. Right now I crave the luxury of privacy, peace and quiet, where I can think my own thoughts, remember things we did, re-visit hopes, dreams, and fun adventures.

I don't want to think about now -- bad stuff, troubles, race prejudice -- Florida boy shot, horribly ugly attacks on our president, silly sad war against women, scary bad laws that restrict voters, and so many countries where masses of people are poor, homeless, brutalized, and war, war, war looming.

My only comfort is remembering -- yes, it's comforting -- what our country, sweet land of liberty has meant to me -- wow -- still means to me now, more than ever.

9 comments:

Dede said...

Thanks Em for another wonderful post! It is so true how our wants and needs change through the years. Peace and good health do become more important to us in our later years. Mine are coming sooner than I would like to think about:)

Maureen Jacobs said...

I crave the openness of land. I could deal with 20 acres, with one acre cleared, and a cozy home for myself and my family. No mansion, no huge house, just a spot for my family of four to celebrate life and the beauty of nature. Perhaps a nice place to sip a glass of lemon water with a friend.

The city used to be a fun place, but I am beginning to think the country has its perks!

The only thing I would still need is.......... Internet Access.......hey, what can I say?

A.S. Washington said...

I know what I crave. To be remembered through the histories like my good friend Achilles. A talk task. By the time I'm 70 I might not much care for anything but peace and quiet.

Cravings change as we age and what was once important easily become insignificant because really often cravings are just needless wants of the eye and not of the heart. Perhaps my own remembrance that I may very well know little of is a sign of vanity.

Awesome post. The hot IPO reminds me of the 3 days old Facebook and how the stock price has slid down and underperformed. Only the insiders really made a nice buck. I decided not to invest and grab more dividend paying shares of a utility company that services 3/4ths of NJ. :) I'll get my dividends in June!

Peggy Bechko said...

Must be separated at birth, Em, One of my greatest joys is the beautiful 'sounds of silence'. And while I enjoy the peace of quiet I also mean the sounds of silence to be the lovely sound of a brook chuckling in it's bed, the first cicadas of the season buzzing in the trees, the wind sighing through the branches and the birds singing their songs. Expensive clothes, cars and yachts don't mean much.

Anonymous said...

Well Em, this is a hard question to answer. I like the freedom, peace and quiet, and aging gracefully but wish for alittle more money each month so I could buy neccessaties I need to live on. A small boat made for handicapped people to fish and a screened in back porch where I could sit in the evening an enjoy the breeze and flowers. But, I am content as is and will be. kam

MikesFilmTalk said...

It is interesting to think that in a time of global recession (some say global depression) that sites like the one you mention can exist.

It is upsetting to think that in this day and age there are countries where children go hungry and thirsty, or never get a chance to live to adulthood because of disease. That there are people out there with so much money they can utilise such an expensive site.

Like you, I treasure my peace and quiet at home. I also like enough room to have my own space. Not a huge amount, mind you, but enough that I don't have neighbours breathing down my neck.

I guess though I'd like to have enough money to clear all my debts, set my kids up with some "grub-stake" money and help my parents out. Then if anything was left over that I could not use, I'd like to think I could spend it on someone less fortunate than me.

But, as my Mum used to say, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." So I'll just have to look at these "rich" websites and wonder who in the world can afford to buy things from them.

Great blog, Ms Em as usual.

@MikesFilmTalk

Carola said...

Peggy Bechko said exactly what I was going to say: I crave the peaceful sounds of small-town or rural America: especially the bird symphony at dawn. We don't get that much a chorus in the Pacific Northwest.

Linda Phillips said...

Me too. I just want a quiet life..which I mainly have anyway. I have never craved really expensive things...okay I did have 2 gold Dunhill lighters...one was stolen. But that was a very long time ago. I sold the remaining one on eBay a few years ago. I don't smoke anymore and the last thing I needed was that lighter (which did provide me with pleasure for many years, when I was a smoker.).It was very elegant.

Now I just want enough money to pay my bills and I am happy.

OR said...

You are doing a great job here, Emily. Please keep it up!

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