Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Consume


There was a guy that used to come in the shop that said something to me that I'll never forget. He was a successful neurosurgeon and single so he was pretty well off. Being the dogged salesman I was at the time, I was trying to steer his interest toward a Masi Team 3v we had recently received.

Naturally, he was impressed with the sparkling silver machine. His eyes widened as I explained the build possibilities and glorious rides he would have on his new steed. I showed him saddles, hubs, and pedals. Handlebars, stems, and tires. I sensed his excitement and genuine enthusiasm. I had him hooked.

And then...he stepped back a bit, looked up and gazed away as if in deep thought. "No" he said. "No. I'm trying to be less acquisitive." He could see that I was a bit perplexed. I mean, this was a Masi Team 3v! With Record! And he had the dough to buy it right then and there. A drop in the bucket for him. He seemed to read my mind. He laughed to himself a bit and went on to explain that "to be acquisitive is to constantly, no... habitually acquire things. I'm trying not to do that anymore." He then walked around the shop for a few more minutes and finally left. I was still confused.

I thought about what he said for a long time after that. I thought about my struggles with money, debt, and perpetual desire for instant gratification. I realized that I was guilty of being a mindless consumer with a thirst that was never satiated. I understood. I agreed. I finally decided to follow that path as well. I paid down the credit cards and other outstanding debts I had accrued. Eventually I was no longer a captive of the "system". My father was right, but it took a near stranger to slap me the fuck out of my negligence.

With "Black Friday" on its way and stores preparing barriers and security forces for the onslaught of mass consumerism, I take solace in the fact that I know I don't need that shit anymore. I boycott "Black Friday" not only for the tremendous inconvenience it creates, but also for the twisted ideals it represents.

So if you find yourself on the ground being trampled by the zombies of consumerism making a mad dash for the limited supply of "must have" gadgetry. Think about what Mel said. It won't remove the Reeboks from your anus, but it will set you free.

7 comments:

The King said...

I TOOK ALL THE SEATS OUT OF THE BACK OF MY MINIVAN AND I PLAN ON GETTING OUT AT 4:00AM TO LOAD THE F#*KER UP. ALL THE BEST DEALS ARE TO BE HAD BEFORE 6:00AM. BUY ONE COLNAGO GET ONE FREE.

Strangelife said...

Fuckin' A, King. Godspeed.

Ari said...

Since we live out in the Tundra and don't have grocery stores I had to do all our grocery shopping tonight. I had 6 near misses and the registers were smelling burned. How much food must we eat? How much more crap can we own. I feel guilty with all this and just think of the people that are poor and about our troops out in the trenches fighting for our lazy asses. If anything, slow down a bit.
Ari

Ron said...

I had the same epiphany when a friend of mine told me that many months ago. I think able to dive out of this crazy mindset of buying,buying,buying is definitely a big step in maturation as a cyclist.

Ron said...

Hey man, thought I'd let you know about my blog... I threw up a link to yours months ago. Feel free to return the favor. And keep the posts coming..

Strangelife said...

Ron, 'tis done.

erik k said...

hell yah its called BUY NOTHING DAY!. the anti corporate holiday