November 29th, 2003

Roadkill

Friday Five on Saturday

1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not?
Depends on what I'm shopping for (going with Teppy's answer here). If I'm interested in what I'm looking at, I don't mind. I genuinely enjoy browsing book stores and hobby shops. Furniture and antique places are fun, too. OTOH, I really not interested in shopping for clothes at all.

When I do shop, I try to avoid crowds as much as possible. Fortunately, the crowds seem to congregate near the clothes.

2. What was the last thing you purchased?
I did my annual alcohol stock up at the Sam's Club in Freehold. I picked up four cases of Yeungling (which should last me at least until the summer), and some wine.

3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why?
If I know what I want, I prefer online, because no crowds, and usually cheaper. If I'm unsure and need to browse, I prefer in person. (Pretty much the same answer as Teppy, again.)

4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it?
Yes, it started at a quarter, and I think the highest it ever got was a buck. I was discussing this subject with favorite niece. She brings in $20 a week in chore money (at age twelve). It boggles me.

OTOH, when Alex and I were wandering through the mall hobby shop yesterday, we were doing our annual "My god, how can kids afford to build plastic models as a hobby anymore?" chant. When we were in high school, most kits were a buck or less, and the really expensive ones were $2. Now American made kits start at $10 or $12, and imports are $25 and up. We saw one plastic kit yesterday that was $124. Yikes. The best thing about this from our perspective is that it cuts WAY back on impulse buying. (This was a real problem in my youth. I still have boxes and boxes of unbuilt kits down in the basement.) The worst thing is that it prevents kids from starting the hobby, because it's too frelling expensive.

Or is it? When I was in high school,my allowance was sufficient to buy a kit a week. These days, favorite niece could do the same with her allowance.

5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing?
I bought a jig for making box joints. It was very expensive, and it doesn't do exactly what I need it to do, so I think I'm going to return it.
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