Thursday, February 5, 2015

#9 - A Few of my Fa-vor-ite Things

What do you value?

How do you know it has value?

This conversation often leads to a discussion about intangible things...things that have driven human existence for ages - love, peace, freedom, Otter Pops.

Sought after desperately since the beginning of time, or at least the '90s. 

But I want to focus on material objects, items we buy with money and credit cards, because that's a little more quantifiable than friendship and patience and Cheez-its.

So the question of the day is: What have you paid a lot of money for that you have zero regret about?

Or even: What is something that you love so much that you would have paid even more money for it if you would have known how much pleasure it would have brought you?

I don't know about you, but I don't find these treasures very often. But when I do, I know, deep down in my soul, that it was a good purchase. It was worth every penny and then some. It goes on my List.

What's on yours?

While you think about it, I will share with you my List of...

 A Few (3) of My Favorite Things

1. My Lowa Boots
These waterproof, high-top, milk-chocolate-brown leather boots were exquisitely comfortable the moment I first slipped my feet in them. I've hiked in them all over the world (at least the parts I've traveled to.) Any time I think of them, I actually smile inside (and sometimes outside). I'm so happy I bought these boots. I have actually negative regret associated with them. 
I'm even crazy enough about them that, after climbing a sacred mountain, I took one of these beloved boots off, and then carefully set up and snapped the above photograph. No, I'm not joking. Look at it. Think of what I had to do to have taken that. In case you're wondering, that is Macchu Picchu blurred out in the background. I was standing there with a magnificent view of Macchu Picchu and I was taking a picture of my shoe.  
Why did I take it? Well, I knew I would be blogging about it years later and would need the perfect photograph to prove my point. And that is, that Lowa makes awesome boots. 
2. My car.

This is not my actual car, as evidenced by the fact that there is no grass in Arizona. 

My car is fantastic. If you asked me whether I would recommend it to anyone else, I would say no. 
I couldn't, because it's my car and it's for me.
I remember how much research I conducted before buying it. Even when I was at the bank finalizing the loan, I thought maybe I would regret it, or later there would be a better deal somewhere. 
But you know what? Who cares if there was a better deal? I found the perfect fit for me. 
It fit like a glove. A white glove. But it's only one car so it would be just one white glove. 

Yes, exactly! Just like that. 

My Wisdom: Cars are terrible investments, but the right one won't feel like it. 

3. My iPhone 6 (no, not Plus, because I'm not that weird).

Listen, I had an iPhone 4s and it was pretty good. But after awhile it became difficult to go on another day. This is terribly offensive to all of the real problems that exist in the world, but I am a child/victim of the technological age and it's true.
I looked at possibly switching away from Apple and considered other smart phones, but eventually I ordered the regular iPhone 6. Would I like it? Was it worth it? Well I wouldn't find out for 5 more weeks because of shipping delays. Ahh! Breathe. 
Fast forward. Now I have had it for months, and I just love the thing. It is, a bea-u-tiful device. I like holding it and looking at it. I love smelling it. (not really). 
I know, I know, it's just a phone. Plus, phone companies and carriers are horrendous money drains and they cause serious problems as a distraction and promote unhealthy social habits and interfere with relationships. But my point is that this is a large purchase and a long-term, day-to-day commitment that I'm 100% happy with.
There's a reason Apple just posted an $18-billion quarterly profit. It's called true love. (just kidding, true love is sacred and applies only to our society's relationship with Starbucks.) 
OK, at least I'm not this bad. 

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Now you know some of the top items on my List. There were a few on the bubble. The Honorable Mentions would be: my bed frame, mattress, camera, Ninja blender. But not quite.

I'm actually really curious - and if you're reading this I expect you to post or let me know - what items have you purchased that you absolutely love? No regret?!

I can't wait to know! Maybe I'll go and buy it, too.

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