Date: 3 February 2014. Men Buy, Women Shop.
There is a fundamental difference between the genders and
it can most reliably be witnessed whenever shopping occurs. I've seen a
man (specifically Bob Winter on Maverick) walk into a Wal-mart Superstore
with a list. He picks up the half dozen articles he has written down and
heads straight for the check-out. To my feminine eyes it's an aberration
to do such a thing.
A man will spend $2 for a $1 item he wants,
woman will spend $1 for a $2 item she doesn't want.
One shops, perusing the store for items that look good,
have potential or just for fun. That's why big stores have a section with chairs for
the men-folk, usually up front. There's often a food court of some sort
too. The older gentlemen do seem to enjoy the camaraderie of
chatting with their suffering compatriots. We girls affectionately call
it Grandpa Day-Care. The boys sure look like they are having a good time solving
many of the world's problems. So far though, they've not accomplished much
change in their wives shopping habits.
Most women do purposefully seek out and buy the items we
want, but we are also open to new ideas and possibilities. Men often
like the new experiences, but to actively look for them? That doesn't
happen. I suspect it all comes down to our genders.
Men gather wealth to them, and measure
their worth by what they have accumulated.
Women are nurturing, so we fix our value by what we can give or share with
Thus, a man will work hard (nose to the grindstone) and
become wealthy. But never quite "enough" to have the nerve to quit.
Instead of cruising the man will work and work, getting more and more money.
This he will use for the fabulous vessel that will take him around the world. It
must be the
best boat on the planet, outfitted with navigation gear unsurpassed, yet there's always that one more thing that is needed.
Meanwhile, time continues to race on at an ever increasing velocity.
Don't be that man! Come out and enjoy life while
you've got the physical ability to do so. You are not getting any
It's sad beyond measure when a fellow is
give up his dream because of health issues.
Heck, I'm out here and though I do not experience some
things that others enjoy (dinner at restaurants, or a pizza and a glass of
sangria very often) I'm still having fun, even on my nickel budget.
A couple of fellows had me to supper, twice, [see article
since I've been here so I do get out and enjoy new experiences. But mostly
my pleasure is self-generated. Amazon is a wonderful thing, and they
ship to General Delivery. I can download books for my Kindle
that are free on that site without leaving the anchorage. Life afloat is
There's a big world out here I'm doing my best to live life
fully. When I'm older I don't want many regrets for things not done.
I'll try, even if I don't always succeed 100%. For me, life on the water
aboard my Seaweed is content. For you
might be in a sailboat, or even an RV.
Whatever your dreams are, work now to make them happen.
Are you a buyer or a shopper?
What is your dream, and how are you working to make it a reality?
Boat on Fire! ~
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