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Buying a Toy?
It turns out that they're giving us a little bit more than just an ice cream social. I got a bit of a bonus yesterday, profit-sharing type stuff. Not enough to retire on, but enough to buy myself a treat.

The problem, of course, is that I'm not good at spending money. I need to have millions of dollars so I can buy everything, because otherwise I get cheap and indecisive and I end up just putting it in my savings. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you! I just think I oughta get myself something I've been coveting recently, if I can think if the "right" treat.

So, if I don't just buy the cool knife set on the right (although it is apparently not easy to actually buy right now), what should I get?

Here are some of my random thoughts, complete with reasons I shouldn't spend money on them, some more serious than others:
  • an ipod (but my Treo plays mp3's, but it doesn't hold as much as an ipod, only as much as whatever SD card I put in it, but it wouldnt' be an extra device to carry around)
  • a laptop (but I'm supposed to get a laptop for work, but I haven't actually gotten one, but the order has been placed, when does an order turn into a laptop?)
  • a new digital camera (my current one is actually still really nice, but it is 3 years old and only 2 megapixels, but it works fine, but the new ones are smaller and therefore more portable)
  • laser hair removal (for my legs. oh gosh, I am so vain! But it would be cool to never have to shave again)
  • oh heck, if I'm going to be vain, how about liposuction? I could be skinnier! (but that's really crazy, painfully vain, but embarrassingly tempting, even so...sigh)
  • some bigger data cards for my current treo/mp3 player and my current camera (that would make them more useful, and that's very practical, but it just doesn't have the same excitement of a new toy. it's like spending your christmas money on underwear.)
  • a trip (oh wait, I'm already going to europe. I could just buy some extra trip-stuff, I'm not sure what yet, but I'll certainly have plenty to spend money on once I'm there after all)
  • I had other ideas too, but I'm forgetting what they are. Maybe I should buy skis, now that I had such fun skiing! Or...I dunno. I'm open to suggestions, too....
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rainbow_slinky From: rainbow_slinky Date: March 2nd, 2005 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally want that knife set!!!!
Get the iPod!!!
anderale From: anderale Date: March 2nd, 2005 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Me too!
I vote for the ipod too.
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: March 2nd, 2005 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You could also have a few total spa days.
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: March 2nd, 2005 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
that is by far the coolest knife set I've ever seen!!!
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: March 2nd, 2005 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I say you throw a party for your nearest and dearest friends... :-)
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: March 2nd, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seconded!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2005 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)

iPods are way over rated and way under valued...

Personally if you want a HD based mp3 player, I went with a creative Nomad Zen Xtra. A 40GB barely cost me 200, whereas the same ipod is nearly 400.

The best part I like about it so far (other than the obvious entire mp3 collection), is the fact it will hold data files as well, and is accessable through a usb mini. The 2nd best part over an iPod, is this doesn't care what format you have: mp3, wav (why I don't know), wma, aud, etc... it'll take em all (or nearly all). I do know for certain you aren't forced into a propriatary format.

I can't speak for iPod's crashworthyness, although I can say I've taken mine snowboarding, and wrecked a few times.. once or twice worthy of applause and it didn't so much as even stop playing or skip a beat (figureatively).

-MJP
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 2nd, 2005 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Save the money for your trip, the dollar keeps falling against the Euro. The south of France will be expensive. Let me know when you're going to be there and I'll give you the name and number of a woman in Aix-en-Provence you can call, she should still be there in May (studying in Aix); she can show you the good bars/clubs.
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sherdeb From: sherdeb Date: March 2nd, 2005 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
oh heck, if I'm going to be vain, how about liposuction? I could be skinnier! (but that's really crazy, painfully vain, but embarrassingly tempting, even so...sigh)
OMG, woman, please tell me you are totally kidding! You are skinny enough! Almost painfully so... If you lose much more weight, you will not only seriously worry me, but blow away in a gentle spring breeze!

renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I'm kidding about the lipo, mostly. Granted the idea of making my extra fat just "go away" is a nice fantasy, but that's all.

Basically I'm just grumpy and frustrated, because although I USED to be pretty skinny, I've gained about 15 pounds in the past year and have had no luck in losing it. Nothing fits right anymore. But thanks for the reassurance that it's not very noticible! (:
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: March 2nd, 2005 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
laser hair removal (for my legs. oh gosh, I am so vain! But it would be cool to never have to shave again)

Doesn't strike me as particularly vain, and not having to shave ever again sounds really cool. On of the things I like about having a beard--and being blond--is that it minimizes the amount of shaving I have to do. And I can only presume shaving your legs is a bigger PITA than shaving your face.

Besides, I can only presume that you'll be posting post-treatment pictures....
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: March 2nd, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Besides, I can only presume that you'll be posting post-treatment pictures....

Laugh. I love you, pi3832. :)
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: March 2nd, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
a laptop (but I'm supposed to get a laptop for work, but I haven't actually gotten one, but the order has been placed, when does an order turn into a laptop?)

Better to have your own laptop.

a new digital camera (my current one is actually still really nice, but it is 3 years old and only 2 megapixels, but it works fine, but the new ones are smaller and therefore more portable)

Good idea it would not have too much bigger though.

some bigger data cards for my current treo/mp3 player and my current camera (that would make them more useful, and that's very practical, but it just doesn't have the same excitement of a new toy. it's like spending your christmas money on underwear.)

Very good idea you could put MP3's on them.

a trip (oh wait, I'm already going to europe. I could just buy some extra trip-stuff, I'm not sure what yet, but I'll certainly have plenty to spend money on once I'm there after all)

Save some for Europe!

Lipo is just a silly idea.

magentablue From: magentablue Date: March 2nd, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
that is the coolest knife set ever! where does one find such a thing and do they have other fun kitchen stuff like that?

i vote for the lazer hair removal. i so want that too. or you could go buy yourself some fun new clothes and shoes for your trip. better yet, save the money and do your shopping in italy. you'll be three seasons ahead of the rest of us.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do think laser hair removal would be soooo cool! (well, having no leg hair would be cool, i mean. and I know I already like lasers, because i can see now!)

Maybe I'll spend some time calling around for prices.....
polaron From: polaron Date: March 2nd, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

That Knife Holder ?

Made me laugh loud out loud !!

HILARIOUS !! Hoo ::starts breathing again::

:))
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: That Knife Holder ?

Me too! That's why I just had to post it. (:
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: March 2nd, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where did you find out about the knife holder, and do you have any idea how I can go about getting one? I have a particular friend that really needs it, but doesn't know it yet.

I tried the ViceVersa website but I couldn't find pricing or get anywhere.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it great? (: I found out about it in this post and comments. The comments look like there are several people trying dilligently to purchase one, but I don't think they've had any luck yet!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 3rd, 2005 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's great, the knives look a little like the Gerber kitchen knives that I want (they have cool names, after famous swords, "Excalibur", "Durandal", "Snickersnee", are on display at MOMA in NY, and you can find them pretty cheap on ebay because they last forever) and the stand is sexy as all heck. I don't know if the steel is as good as the Gerbers, probably not, I've had Gerber knives before and used them to open cans of dog food with, as a hammer, and nothing would hurt them, besides they're the best because they were made in the US.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 3rd, 2005 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, the formatting got messed up. Maximize the window to read it all? Cool names like Snickersnee....

So, you should consider getting the Gerber kitchen knives, if you can't get the others, and if not that, you should get all your body hair, all over, removed with a "laser", by a mad scientist! Well, okay, except on your head, maybe. ;-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is pretty cool too! Though my example is more visually dramatic. I don't actually have any need for knives; I just needed a way to tie in the cool picture, because it made me laugh!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is a great picture, yes. I could definitely see me having those knives... hmm, I bet I could get my uncle to make me a wooden knife stand with the stabbing theme....
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh, great idea! also, if it comes out well, he could totally sell them. it's such a clever novelty item.
dreamattack329 From: dreamattack329 Date: March 3rd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
My advice is seriously to stay away from liposuction. It sounds so wonderful in theory, but the people I know who have had it have ended up gaining weight in other areas to compensate for the area that was suctioned.

I love the idea of laser hair removal. How awesome would it be to never have to shave again?!?
bjorng From: bjorng Date: March 4th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

bigger SD cards, at least

Definitely get a 1 GB SD card for a start (or maybe two, they're cheap at $68 each).

Get a new digital camera, too. Hey, why not one that uses SD cards? There are several 3Mpix models that are trim, easy to use, powerful, and can be had for well under $300. My dad had an older version of the Canon SD100 that was very nice, and I've heard good things about the Minolta Dimage x31. Both of those are pretty slim-line cameras. Other good ones abound. DP Review is a fun site to play with, even if you don't buy one. It made me feel like a knowledgeable buyer when I got my camera last year.

A personal laptop is nice to have. My girlfriend bought one from Dell a couple of weeks ago that was pretty good (2.4 GHz Celeron, 512MB memory, 40 GB HDD, 15" screen) for only $700.

If not the laptop, then a little vanity buy wouldn't hurt. (Well, I'm sure liposuction *would* hurt, and have unpleasant side-effects even if it goes perfectly.)
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From: davidp5382 Date: March 10th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is an AWESOME knife set! Looks like something someone might get for a soon-to-be ex.....

The sad part about laser hair removal is that it doesn't keep you from developing new folicles. I'm sure it would be nice while it lasted, though. It would be nice to find some way of making my beard not grow, and just stay the length it is. But, trimming isn't as bad as shaving.
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