OK, it's Black Friday.
There's a pile of ads on my kitchen table. It's not yet 4AM. Many stores are already open. Lines are forming at others. On this day in the past five-plus years, I was raring to go out and spend. Last year was particularly fruitful. This year, I just don't have much of an urge.
There's nothing I need (but I've always been more motivated by wants than needs).
There are a few things that I could use more of, like 8-gig thumb drives -- but I can easily order them online. It would be nice to have yet one more flat screen TV -- but it would go in a room where it would be used only a few times a year. I'm impressed by the new Nikon 1, but I definitely don't need another camera, and it would cost at least $600.
I still have Nikon digital and film SLRs going back to the 1970s, including my huge and heavy F and FTn. I don't use them, but need them on my shelf, like beloved books and movies that will never be read or watched again. I sometimes take them off the shelf, to fondle them and exercise the noisy shutters, and marvel at the magnificent pictures I was able to take without batteries.
So, will I buy a Nikon 1? Probably -- but maybe not today. It will be very hard to resist. As the Borg say, resistance is futile. And when it comes to Nikons, I don't want to resist.
- Whoever dies with the most toys, wins.
- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
UPDATE: I did go shopping at around 11:30AM. I bought some sandpaper and screw-hooks at Lowe's. They're not nearly as exciting as a new Nikon, but I did support the economy.
ANOTHER UPDATE: On Sunday I bought another big TV and Blu-Ray player. Low-low-prices and 24 months to pay with no interest. How could I resist?
(Nikon F photo from CameraQuest.com. Borg photo from Star Trek. Thanks.)