Oldskooler Ramblings

the unlikely child born of the home computer wars

A Quick Vignette

Posted by Trixter on September 16, 2012


My 12-yr-old recently wanted to purchase something truly stupid, expensive, and transitory with his hard-earned money, and rather than try to convince him otherwise, I went ahead and let him.  Being disappointed with a purchase is something I would rather he learn sooner than later, so he can start making good decisions quicker.

I was not as lucky.  I bought some real crap in my time (the name Emerson should strike fear into everyone’s heart) and while it taught me to stop buying cheap crap (stuff that broke, stuff that was disappointing, etc.), it took longer than it should have.  My most cringe-inducing purchase was a Miami vice-like outfit the summer before high school (this is summer of 1985 for those wishing stage public humiliation — it’s okay, I don’t mind).  I put it on and walked nearly 2 miles to a party some girl I thought I had a crush on was throwing.  I thought I was going to be hot shit, but as I approached the outdoor party, everyone laughed at the Miami vice thing since it was cheezy (and I was in Illinois, not California).  Seriously, I had not even reached the front door when I’d gotten my third uncomfortable comment… so I kept walking, never stopped, turned the corner and came home, another 2 miles.  My grandmother was house-sitting at the time, and she saw me come in the front door less than an hour after I’d left, and wisely didn’t say anything.  I took off the outfit, hung it up, and never wore it again.

I should have thrown it away immediately.  It might still be in the closet in the house I grew up in.

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3 Responses to “A Quick Vignette”

  1. Joe said

    I’m curious: What do 12 year olds blow their money on these days?

    • Trixter said

      What he wanted was a cheap no-name underpowered tablet. He thankfully decided against it and is now saving up for a nice one (Nexus 7).

      • Yoyo said

        One of my 30yo friends still buys that kind of crap regularly. Like he buys 3 crappy $100 Chinese tablets in a row instead of buying a Nexus7. I think it is a hobby for him actually.

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