Friday, December 22, 2006

Contradictions


Railing against conspicuous consumption has long been one of my favorite pastimes.

So why did I just buy a handbag which costs more than the average Honduran worker makes in a month?

I dunno. Perhaps I was consumption-starved... or maybe I'm just more materialistic than I thought.

7 Comments:

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Jill said...

That is cute, although I am materialistic, so that may nullify (sp) my opinion.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Bound for Ceiba said...

Haha Jill, it doesn't nullify anything... I'm glad you like it! I feel like a movie star carrying it around... I've never owned any accessory that cost so much in my entire life.

I suppose it's probably okay to splurge now and then, so long as you keep it all in perspective. I'm just not terribly used to it, so it feels kind of funny to me.

But now it's done, so whatever.

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger thephoenixnyc said...

THat bag requires you to send a check to a "fly in the eye" African child. Or barring that, but matching shoes.

Merry Christmas dear.

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for the comment on the naked chickens.

When are you heading back to La Cieba? Or,. what's up with your plans.

I am too lazy to look for your email address right now.
Andee

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger Katrina said...

haha, I just bought myself a Vera Bradley tote for Christmas, and I thought THAT was spending big. :)

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger La Gringa said...

One time I bought a purse that cost more than $100. Like you, I couldn't believe I was spending so much on a purse. It was a long, long time ago, so it was probably a worse extravagance than yours with prices being higher now.

It was made of tiny woven strips of very soft leather with a tassel of the same strips on the zipper. I loved that purse and carried it for YEARS! The leather was so soft that I found myself "petting and stroking" it whenever I carried it. It gave me a lot of pleasure and based on the number of years I used it, it probably wasn't such an extravagance after all.

I could still use it, except now it has molded in this climate! Now I've given up on leather and carry the cheapest of straw bags.

I am wondering .... do you carry it to the dump with you?

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Bound for Ceiba said...

A - I am thinking I'll be back down in the spring, when I get this remodeling project finished.

K - How funny that we both bought ourselves handbags for Christmas!

LG - I only carry this purse in the evenings if I go somewhere... it doesn't even get to go to the house with me because I'm afraid of getting it dusty! (I just carry a wallet in my pocket when I do the dirty work)

I did get a bit of purse-separation-anxiety at first, but it's always there for a bit of petting when I finish working. :-)

Oh, and Phoe - I didn't send a check to Africa this year, but I have been giving locally. Good idea about the shoes too...

 

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