Possessions and Things

Hey, how are you?

If we were having a coffee this week, I guess we’d be talking about “stuff”.

I was off work on Monday, with the idea being that I’d finish off the Christmas shopping with a leisurely wander around the city.  As you may have read, I kind of bought myself a Christmas present in the shape of a new car which I expected to be picking on Tuesday.

The salesman rang me up on Monday morning and told me it would be ready at 3pm which was really no good at all with all my other plans so I put him off till 5 with the intention of getting there somewhere around 6.  That wasn’t to be fashionably late, but more practicably on time.

I was due to be meeting a friend in Manchester but they’d been flogging themselves on night shifts and the idea of only two hours sleep to have a brew with me seemed a bit stupid.  I’m not even sure I bought anything that day, but I got the train back and while I was driving home to empty the car to part exchange if the salesman rang and said that the new one would only be available on Tuesday.  Not a massive issue but a case of left hand not talking to right and meant I could have stayed out a bit longer.

So Tuesday I was like a kid at Christmas.  Well, more so than I usually am around Christmas.  It was an odd feeling cause normally when I’m upgrading like this and the transaction requires me to lose one thing to gain another I normally having a slight feeling of sadness, but in this case it wasn’t as profound.  I was truly excited about what I was getting.

When he died, my grandfather left me some money and, all things such as depreciation, inflation and the fact the first car I bought with it was sold long ago, I always like to think that that money is still being held in the car.  He, like I do, enjoyed cars so I think he’ll kind of approve.

It’s a similar thing with a £10 note I have.  Maybe about two years ago I did a post about things I would rescue if the house burnt down and this £10 note was one of them.  It was the last Christmas present my grandmother gave me and I had this idea in my head that I would by a wedding ring with it.  I don’t really know why.  I guess I liked the idea of longevity in it.  Anyway…

I know people say not to talk about materialistic things and I do understand why.  I also understand that some people use possessions as status symbols.  I think there’s a fine line between buying something tangible because it gives you enjoyment either directly or indirectly through the attention of other people, and not really wanting it but getting it only because other people will think more of you.

I often also think, though, that the same can be said for non-materialistic things.  There isn’t too much difference between experiencing a breathtaking sunset over a volcanic beach because it provides you enjoyment, or going on that holiday because you think it will demonstrate things about yourself to others.

At the end of the day, if something provides you enjoyment and gives you a pleasure and makes your life a little better, isn’t that the main thing?

When I went to get the car, the service history for my old one was missing and I’ve been chased for the rest of the week to find it and post it to the dealership.  The salesman started to get a little moody and when I asked him what would happen if I couldn’t find it I got a rather curt “Keep looking and let’s hope you can” reply…  I think he might have been in trouble more than I if I didn’t have it.

I turned the house upside down.  I’ve had drawers out, desks moved, books taken off shelves – anything to try to find this darn leaflet! Just as I was losing hope, I checked one of the bags of half empty bottles and half a dozen pairs of shoes that I’d taken out of the old car and found the thing!

Therefore the rest of the week has been spent doing another decluttering exercise as well as tidying and cleaning in preparation for Christmas.  We were tidying one room today and Moo Cat was looking at me (2 hours in to the exercise) as if to say “this place isn’t getting any better” and he was right.  If anything, it looked worse than when we started.  Then, just like that, it was finished and looks great.  I just need to keep it like that for a week or two!

I still haven’t done the Christmas decorations, but I’m actually also looking forward to getting everything on order and then coasting in to Christmas at my own speed.

Last night was spent at the casino.  It was absolutely packed so the minimum table stakes were higher than usual which was a shame, but was still a fun night.  Before we left we watched a guy who had £1000 of chips when we arrived.  He peaked at £6000 and then lost all of it.  He then got another £500 of brand new £50 notes out his pockets and continued.  At the point, we left.  I’ve never seen someone stake that much before, let alone have that much of a turn around in about 10 minutes of Blackjack even though I’m aware that that could be very small amounts in comparison to others.  It was strangely fascinating to witness though.

AND I GOT NEW POKEMON!

I’m not really at all impressed that the new ones (except the Christmas hatted Pikachu) can only be hatched, but as long as they can always be hatched it’s not too much of problem.  (And it is, obviously, definitely a first world problem). I’d been wanting a Lapras for ages, caught one, and then hatched one 2 days later.

Until next week…

Asked a girl what she wanted to be
She said baby, “Can’t you see
I wanna be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between”

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you

I told a girl that my prospects were good
And she said baby, “It’s understood
Working for peanuts is all very fine
But I can show you a better time”

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you

I told that girl I can start right away
And she said, “Listen baby I got something to say
I got no car and it’s breaking my heart
But I’ve found a driver and that’s a start”

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah

Drive My Car by The Beatles

 

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