Friday, November 7, 2014


Rainy morning, driving home from the post office, Jefferson Street, half block east of Main.

The cute little vehicle in front of me sports a vanity plate.  At first glance, I thought it read "Mini Bug."  It doesn't.

I followed Mimi Bug through town.  At the fork she followed the highway,  I continued straight on Jefferson Street.

I have probably mentioned here in the past that I used to purchase vanity plates.  It is sort of like giving free money to the State.  But then, I suspect most of us, Self included, fritter away money on sillier things.

I once bought a 46" flat screen TV.  Account for that.  Frittering money away.

Unending, too, because I pay a monthly fee for a cable feed. I have several rants related to that, but I'll spare you for the moment.


Lin said...

I think we all have our "frilly" expenses. I just renewed the Sirius radio in my car--to great expense. BUT...I LIKE it and I work to afford my bills and maybe a couple of fun things here and there.

Cable is crazy. I'm tired of paying the cost--but there are those few channels that I'd rather watch than network TV. It's a catch 22--can't live with it or without it.

vanilla said...

Lin, inasmuch as ours is a consumer-based economy, it is a good thing that we don't limit our expenditures to the necessities. Except for BBBH,of course, who does limit herself in that way. As she says, "If I want it, I need it."

vanilla said...

Lin, I also meant to tell you that my Sirius subscription expired. I did not renew. I only need a radio in the car at resale time. For some reason, no one else wants a car without a radio.

Grace said...

If all else is taken care of and there is a bit left over, it's not frittering. If it also makes your life easier or more enjoyable, it is not frittering.

Ah, cable companies - how we love to hate them. I'm still operating on a promotional rate I negotiated about 5 or 6 years bill actually went down when I moved from Philly to VA (difference in taxes I think.) I don't know if I am going to get away with that next year but by then we may switch to all streaming.

Secondary Roads said...

Sylvia and I have Amateur Radio callsign plates. (She, K8SYL. Me, K8CH) We paid a small one-time fee. They fall into a special category.

I've seriously considered dropping our satellite TV service. Our high-speed Internet will provide more than enough viewing, and it only costs $8/mo for Netflix.

vanilla said...

Grace, it would indeed be a nose-to-the-grindstone life if there were never anything beyond shelter and sustenance! Isn't it weird how customers complain so universally about tv service providers, yet continue to put up with them?

Chuck, I think your specialized plates are well, special. I always think it cool when I see such a plate identifying a ham operator.

Sharkbytes said...

We have antenna tv, but even so I've hardly watched anything in a year. But I do like to go to plays.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, you go to the plays, and we enjoy your reviews!