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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    Unnecessary possessions.

    My boss (more like a brother) and I were talking about the elimination of the Pontiac line and I was complaining that I won't be able to get the last of the last Trans Ams. He told me that it would be hard to get since others (collectors, people industry related) will be trying to obtain one. Then he asked: "How often will you drive it?" Well....probably not a whole lot. "What are you going to do with it?" Put it in a car show? "What benefit will you get from owning it?" I uh....um........I....... "In my opinion, Siu - that is a perfect example of an unnecessary possession."

    Well thank you for bursting my bubble.

    So today when I went to REI for their huge Anniversary sale, the parking lot was full, the lines snaked around the lobby. People were walking around with their arms LOADED with stuff. You'd think it was Christmas!! So I went around, found a whole bunch of stuff and started to load myself up. Woo HOO!!

    But the more I walked around, I realized that everything I had was.......well, unnecessary. I didn't need this jacket, I didn't have to have this blouse. I already have a helmet. Do I REALLY need another folding knife? My mountain bike shorts still do the job. Suddenly I heard his voice. UNNECESSARY POSSESSION. One by one, I put it all back. Except for a $7 knife sheath.

    *sigh*

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    So now it's your turn.

    What weakness did YOU have for an unnecessary possession?
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    I released a soul from under my dominion after reading this thread.
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    It helps to not have any money.
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    Yes. I'm guilty. I think I'm pretty close to the end of my run at senseless consumerism - and it's really a matter of my underlying attitude changing - possibly due in part to getting older. Not that that's why Siu is contemplating the subject though. I'm old enough to be her dad or uncle.
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    Do you own possessions or do they own you?
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    I recently bought a handlebar mount for my Magellan (car) GPS. Does something like that count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I released a soul from under my dominion after reading this thread.
    Was it the soul of a stripper? If so, then you might be a clown.
    Your turtle skirt is exposing your FUPA.

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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    Do you own possessions or do they own you?
    I actually had control THIS time. But I can't help think how nice that jacket was. And that knife. And how ON SALE they were!


    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjab View Post
    I recently bought a handlebar mount for my Magellan (car) GPS. Does something like that count?
    Was it necessary?
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Yes. I'm guilty. I think I'm pretty close to the end of my run at senseless consumerism - and it's really a matter of my underlying attitude changing - possibly due in part to getting older. Not that that's why Siu is contemplating the subject though. I'm old enough to be her dad or uncle.
    I'm in the same boat as Zorro....consumerism has no interest to me. I am looking to simplify my life, not clutter it up.
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    less stuff = smaller footprint, less shiz to be attached to.
    woot!

    good job siu. congrats on the new knife.

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    The Trans Am is an easy example, though, Siu. It starts to get tricky when you think about things that seem more necessary to our lives. Is a computer really a necessity? Is a bike really a necessity? That jacket you were looking at, did it perform better in windy or rainy or cold conditions than another jacket you have and if so, is it really unnecessary?

    Sometimes it can get tricky, Siu. My philosophy is that if I haven't used it in the last 6 months, I really don't need it. This helps me get rid of stuff but also makes me smarter about what I do have.

    Of course, I have a buttload of bikes that say different.

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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    I know, UA.....it's just that I really went there for the sheath and hoping to get that jacket. You are right. I do have a better jacket here at home and summer is right around the corner. I saved money. Money that I can spend at the bike shop in Colorado.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaiju-velo View Post
    less stuff = smaller footprint, less shiz to be attached to.
    woot!

    good job siu. congrats on the new knife.
    I didn't get a knife even though it was a good deal. I got a sheath for a knife that I already have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    Do you own possessions or do they own you?
    When I had a ski boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, more motorcycles, more etc.....I learned the above lesson and sold most of what I had....
    Have a good day and htfu you big baby, Rich
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    some new kind of kick Suttree's Avatar
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    oh ok i thought you said sheath knife. its friday.

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    Pretty much everything is unnecessary.

    For example, imagine your house burning down with everything you own in it. What would you be completely and utterly devastated to lose that couldn't be replaced? Probably not much.

    Which isn't to say that you should get rid of all your possessions and be a monk or anything. Just, well, it's stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Pretty much everything is unnecessary.

    For example, imagine your house burning down with everything you own in it. What would you be completely and utterly devastated to lose that couldn't be replaced? Probably not much.
    you didn't just say that. . .

    I guess it is sorta true. Except for the XO-1, some art a friend made, and a piece of sterling
    silver cloisonne that my aunt made that I hope to give to a woman some day.

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    How philosophically correct do you wish to be? Once we get past basic shelter, food and clothing nothing is truly necessary. That means, of course, we could live the lives of our nomadic forepersons (being non-gender specific).

    I am sitting in a room full of non-essential items, piles of laundry with clothes that fill the same purpose again and again. I am sitting on a couch, but I could easily sit on the floor.

    Clearly, we all have to decide what things are necessary for the lives we wish to live. I assume we all enjoy using computers and riding bikes, though with Jsharr I do so only hesitantly. I often have thought my life would be easier if I didn't have two cars, but my choice to be a parent does not make that an easy decision.

    Anyway, make choices that work for you, not based on claptrap from even well-intentioned loved ones. Or, you could try finding a special friend with an 02 Trans-Am...
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    I have a nagging suspicion that body kits will be readily available to make Camaro's say "Trans Am". If you have a car that looks like a classic Camaro, it shouldn't be too hard to dress it up as a Trans Am.
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    I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the last Trans Am was made in 2002. You shouldn't have much trouble finding one of those. Now a newer Camaro might be a different story...


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    Can a wife be a unnecessary possession? (at least for those who are not getting any)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    Can a wife be a unnecessary possession? (at least for those who are not getting any)
    No. But Pheard definitely counts as one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    omg its 1977 all over again
    Have a good day and htfu you big baby, Rich
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    I've been getting better about looking at something, deciding if I really really like it, do I already have something like it (keeping duplicates to a minimum), and is it a really really good deal? I usually shop at Goodwill or yard sales, so a good deal is a buck or two.

    On the other hand I have 5 bikes and a shameful amount of bike gear and camping gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
    omg its 1977 all over again
    I don't think I could survive the 70's again.
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