As I grow older I find that I have less free time to play around. Also, the toys that I find myself longing for are getting more expensive. Having toys occupies your free time. Having free time is a hot commodity in this day and age. Most people, myself included, feel that there is never enough “me time” left in a day to enjoy.
Having a family, ie: kids & wife/girlfriend (I don’t have both,that’d be crazy!) takes up most of the time left after working or sleeping. Even those people have work/school/homework/etc that takes up their precious time. Over the years, I have found that any leftover time is spent thinking about what to do next. Not very often do people, myself included, take a breath and just enjoy the moment for longer than a few seconds. I digress, let’s get back to toys!
I am often taking time to search Craigslist for stuff. Stuff I think would be neat. Stuff that would make me feel young. Stuff that would make me feel like I deserved it. Mostly, stuff I can’t afford.
I always wanted a pinball game. There are about four styles that I’d like to own. However, after working at Chuck E. Cheese’s, I know they are expensive and a bitch to maintain. But lights and sounds!
A NEW CAR! Teslas are nice. I’d love to own one, not because of the luxury, but because in the long run it would be cheaper than gas. I just don’t have the initial lump sum payment to justify one. At this time…
I love this Mercedes Gazelle Replica. It is much cheaper than a Tesla. I could find a decent one for about $9000. However, I don’t have a garage to store it over winter. That’d cost me a bit to build one first. Plus, this would only be a “Sunday driver” and I can’t justify that.
Since we do so many road trips, I’ve been trying to convince my wife that we should buy an RV or travel trailer. My wife made a good point though- our trips usually have us in major cities, RVs don’t belong there. The kids and I want to do camping more, but my wife doesn’t like tents. She’s only half sold on “Glamping” so this battle is still in the works.
Finally, the last true expensive luxury item I’d like is a boat. Maintenance, fuel, more maintenance, more fuel, food, maintenance again- it costs money. But again, it’d be unused most of the time. My wife and I also don’t agree on what style of boat would suit us. She would like a bow rider for the lake, I’d like an island hopper with moorage for a weekend getaway. Another stalemate.
Toys are fun. So I’ll just stick with the ones I have. Like our theater room and my train garden. I get more use and joy from those than I probably would a boat or an RV. It won’t stop me from searching Craigslist or eBay though.
Oh look! A DeLorean for sale…