There has been lots of snow in Vancouver. Lots of snow. And our household fell right off the back of the old consumer-free wagon and straight into it.
Now, before you start to think that I’m just trying to publicly humiliate my roommate for falling off the wagon, let me assure you that everyone in our household has agreed that their purchases may be displayed at large.
In fact, when Rhyannon walked in the door the other week, the first thing she said to me, with guilt written across her face, was “I bought boots”. She knew I would tell you.
Truth be told, she didn’t have any snow boots. But she did have an about-to-expire gift certificate for REI. And she did happen to be in the States for the weekend. . . . you know the rest of the story.
Needless to say, and I think you’ll agree, that those boots were an A-level infraction of rule number 1 (sorry Rhyannon, you know I’m just giving you a hard time).
On the electronics front, Grant’s computer packed it in. He’ll be angry that I put this in a “falling of the wagon” post since he is actually allowed to buy things for work, but it just makes you realize how disposable our electronics are today. He has only had that computer for 3 years.
He didn’t want to get a secondhand one because he was afraid he’d only get two years or less out of it, plus he couldn’t afford to waste valuable work time searching for a pre-loved one, so he bought a new one.
Now in our household of 3 people we have 5 laptops (2 dead and 3 functioning) and one desktop. Talk about consumerism. And, yes, we know computers can be (mostly) recycled which is exactly why the dead ones are still floating around the house. They’re waiting to be chauffeured to the local depot.
On the plus side, the new computer (a sony) came with very minimal packaging and a cardboard box, so hurrah for that.