Well, this is a rant after my car died today. I won't go into detail, but I've had the car for less than 2 years and it only has 22,000 miles. The security system went bonkers and it won't let me start my car. No, it doesn't have a valet switch either. Anyways, the "Roadside Assistance" that comes with the manufacturer warranty screwed me today by calling the wrong number, then trying to blame it on me. So I have to wait another day to get my car towed. In addition to that, I have had some other minor problems with the car. I know I know, ride a bike to work. But if you've seen the traffic on the routes to work, you wouldn't ride either (about 10,000 people work at this place, imagine the morning rush I got to deal with). My next car is going to be a piece of junk. If I'm going to have problems, I might as well not pay 350/month for them.
Other things have disappointed me. I tried buying an ebook for the first time, and I got shafted big time. Then, I bought this POS analog/digital video converter that looks like utter crap when it converts to video. The box hyped it up to be of near-perfect quality and it got a great review in a mag. I bought some software too that turned out to be garbage. I quit buying albums because artists really suck these days and they all sound the same. My computer isn't all that either, and the sub I bought for it ended up being a POS, so I had to disconnect it. I had a laptop that broke within 15 months. Even my toaster sucks. I bought a 50 dollar video game the other day that ended up sucking big time. My thermos sprung a leak. My scanner came with a dent in it, and my cell phone sucks too.
The only things I have bought that have really stood the test are my G&L Legacy Special electric guitar, and my Surly Pacer. Other than that previous guitars were garbage, and previous bikes were garbage.
With me, it is so bad, I have either canceled or postponed future purposes. I was wanting to buy a PDA, but why? So it can break? I thought about another laptop, then put the pros against the cons and decided not to. It doesn't stop there.
Now I see why people become minimalists. I am thinking about becoming one myself. Heck, I'm in the process. Anyone watch "Clean Sweep?" I've been doing a bit of my own and I'm glad that my wife has joined in without me having to brainwash her or anything. We're getting rid of a bunch of crap, and I'm not going to miss a bit of it.
Are my expectations too high? Most of the time, I don't ask for much. Like today, I understand that cars aren't perfect. But then, this a-hole decides to call the wrong number and the roadside assistance company blamed me for not being at that number. My laptop had a problem, but the company wouldn't fix it because they were "unsure" what was wrong with it. In the end, after reloading the OS and apps 5 different times, I smashed it. To add to it, I got food poisoning from one restaurant and I got NO service at another, all within one month. I'm beginning to feel like Rodney Dangerfield, I get no respect.
So is anyone else disappointed with materialism? Has anyone been repeatedly letdown by the advancements that technology attempts to deliver? Should I just drop off the face of the earth and tell everyone in email land to call me from now on? At this point, I feel that recommiting myself to life and people would be a great option.