25 June 2022

A Brief Mind Boggling Moment


After clearing photos from my cell phone, I discover short walking videos taken last month. When I put my finger on the video, it stops. I can then capture that frame as a picture, the gravel photo. I'm feeling tech smart learning more about my cell phone (I've had for about three years).
Walk view
As I'm elevated by all that, the TV is on. I watch a beautiful commercial for a vehicle with a price tag I know is well over $70,000.00 dollars. Mind you...Watching via a $60.00 dollar indoor television antenna. 
Anyway, I am not disturbed by the grand canyon gap between the bottom and top tiers of today's economy. I do care though. 
My concern in that moment plops onto questioning where I am, how did I get here, and where am I able to go.
I am not a person to aspire to reach owning an expensive vehicle, not my thing. If I could, then helping someone who aspires to that goal, to reach their dream, is the side I am comfortable with.
There is a tinge of irony, though, that I see the ad for free while folks that can afford that vehicle are probably  paying hundreds of dollars a month for TV reception.

Other than that to ponder on a Friday night, I made a large sweet tea that has a taste of what I imagine is a strong brewed forest floor flavor. 

12 comments:

William Kendall said...

I am reminded of a story of someone who was very successful in life but drove a beat up but serviceable car. When asked about why he wasn't driving something more to his station in life, he said something very wise. That driving a flashy car was the sign of someone with low self esteem.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

William,
That is profoundly interesting.

To be fair, if I had the coins to build a customized vehicle to my taste from what is out there, I might. :)

Prims By The Water said...

Well I cannot afford a fancy car like that either, plus in our rural county there are not many charging stations around. Janice

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Janice,
It may not be long before solar recharge stations are everywhere.

Becki said...

I'm am struck by the thought that by the time charging stations are everywhere the majority of people will possibly not be driving because they won't be able to afford the vehicles that use them, and the supply of gas fueled vehicles will dwindle. My brain just can't compute as I try to picture how society will transition to a lifestyle the majority can't possibly afford. I can't even fathom the width and depth of the chasm between the richest and the rest of the population at that point. I just don't understand how this can possibly work...

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Becki,
The cost of vehicle maintenance is a serious problem. My concern is vehicles might be made to take advantage of consumers through part replacement and repair, much like printers that could chug ink faster than I (and friends) could chug a cheap bottle of wine in college.

carol l mckenna said...

Functional and simplicity are words that I try to live by ~ good for you learning some of the technology ~ lots to learn ~ Enjoy each moment ~ Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in you days,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Carol,
That is a good words to live by. :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Forest-floor flavoured ice tea? Hmmm....I think I'll pass!
Saw an interesting blurb the other day that was questioning the fact that people are being told to set their a/c temps higher (or is it lower?) in order to conserve power, but on the other hand they're trying to convince us to buy electric cars. Sort of a contradition. There was also the question (at least in the areas that are prone to big snowstorms) how electric vehicles will fare if you're stranded on the side of the road.

Jeanie said...

A most interesting ponder, although I'm not sure I would have paid attention to the commercial (I have cable but am dumping it for an antenna and streaming this summer.) I need a good antenna --are you happy with yours?

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Jeanie,
My indoor antenna is by Winegard, $60.00+/-bills at Home Depot about 5 years ago. There was a higher priced model at the time. I have it clipped to a wood slat taped to a vintage display rack to make it easy to move around, storms, signal issues, and such. Reception is better 7 feet off the floor. I get 23 to 25 stations.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Maryanne,
Hybrid vehicles feel safer than all electric. I heard about A/C 64°F is recommended, (on the Tonight Show monolog). That's colder than comfortable for me.