Those deplorable holidays

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. I’m grateful this year for many things: prosperity for both Tradwife and me and my daughter and her husband, continued general good health, a reconnection with a really enjoyable old friend, and the tremendous amount of fun we have here in Phoenix. The day after Thanksgiving is, of course, Black Friday. Or, as Steven McQueen put it, “…the day we trample people for things we don’t need, the day after being thankful for what we have.” Continue reading “Those deplorable holidays”


Deplorable inessentials

I think I need to make a distinction between being a deplorable consumer and a minimalist. I’m not a minimalist, though I do understand and appreciate many of the ideas of that subculture. Maybe I’ll move to minimalism one day, but there are some non-essential things that I enjoy that aren’t terribly expensive. They’re things that save time, save money, reduce effort, or otherwise add legitimate value to my (or Tradwife’s) life. I thought I’d list them out here by general price, but in no other particular order.

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