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Thursday, June 29. 2017
That is hyperbole of course, but it makes a point about the burdens, expenses, and hassles of ownership. Even having a closet full of firearms means taking them out and cleaning and oiling them once a year. Hassle. New roof for a house or barn? Major.
So our survey question is this: What were you once thrilled to possess and later thrilled to get rid of?
I hope nobody says a spouse, but they probably will. I'll start it off with more than several acres my wife and I inherited on Martha's Vineyard. The old house on the land had been sold decades ago to pay estate taxes, but an elegant family compound could have been built on the land. Just a dream. I never had the spare dough to do that, and, really, I have a perfect set-up now although we are too far from salt water. Sold the land a few years ago, big capital gains and fees, etc., but I got off the hook for the property taxes, maintaining the right of way, and maintaining the fields in the center of the property which we never used. Big relief. Fact is, if we love the Vineyard (it's an ok yuppie place) we can rent a house for ten days and go there whenever we want. We never do. We go to Rhode Island instead, and rent.
What about you?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:54 | Comments (22) | Trackbacks (0)
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Definitely a boat -- one that incessantly rasped the bones of contention between a father who loved it (but never worked on it), and a son who learned to loathe it (yet spent weekend after weekend sanding the bottom/refinishing bright work/rebuilding engines/replacing through hull fittings/...)
"A boat is a hole in the water you pour (time and) money into."
Truer words were never spoken.
Just about every car I've ever owned. Sometime in the late 90s I seem to have fallen out of love with the things.
They're perhaps the worst single investment you can make - you start losing money the moment you drive them off the dealer's lot.
The car I own now I bought new in 2007 when I returned to Canada from the UK. It's a Toyota RAV4 Limited. It still drives well, the body is in great shape. Plus, I live in the country on a gravel side road. I just haven't found a compelling reason to get a new car.
(reverse order as far as timeline goes)
And someday I hope to be clear of this property full of oak trees. Loved 'em when we bought the place, can't be much sicker of twigs and branches and acorns and squirrels (they are incredibly inefficient nest builders) now.
I have seen older friends unload their houses of many years and, despite sentimental attachment, feel greatly unburdened. Not just financially, but also the plain removal of a weight of concern and details.
That's not for me, but I get it.
Girlfriends. Great at the beginning but a huge relief when you get rid of them.
Definitely a boat. What are the two happiest days in the life of a boat owner?? The day he buys his boat.... and the day he sells it.
For those that have a notion that doing weekend sailboat races would be great fun, William F Buckley said: " It's like standing in a cold shower with your clothes on while you tear up and throw away $100 bills."
We got to a point where there was nothing to watch. (And not enough time during NCAA wrestling season).
Gotta agree with you here but I have a partial solution.....I no longer buy new cars. I now buy used cars 2-3 years old with low milage and well cared for. CarFax has been a God send.
We were members of a KOA or Good Sam type RV park/travel resorts. After several years of paying for the RV & membership AND insurance, storage, repairs, propane, towing it or towing a vehicle ( because you need something to get around in once you park the RV), loading and unloading it, filling it with water, dumping gray water and waste water, leveling it, dealing with the canopy and wind that destroys them, we got rid of them all. We made the silly mistake of renting a cabin at one of the travel resorts once and discovered how enjoyable it was just not having to deal with the RV. We rented cabins for a number of years and now own one.
LIKE......... we got rid of ours also,......about 2 years ago.
A treadmill. It became a clothes and misc. hanger taking up valuable floor space in the kitchen once we got a dog. The dog's walks provided all the exercise I needed, and the dog's added value was as a security system.
Condo at Lake of the Ozarks. Expensive and underutilized.
On the flip side; something I didn't want to acquire, but now would miss greatly, my dog.
Quadruple down on that if she's an older woman! (50+)
High maintenance emotionally and all the downside of their hitting the WALL!
For me it is a series of motor homes and travel trailers. I'm sitting in the latest not even a month old yet at a beautiful lake in a beautiful wooded national forest. I love to travel the beautiful USA and especially the West.
That big red colt that turned into a big beautiful, and spirited, red horse. Great to look at, loved to be brushed, washed, petted, lunged, etc. Could not be ridden because he had been damaged as a colt. Nerve damage to his spine no one mentioned until several years after we purchased him. He lived for 23 years as a yard ornament. Brought him in every night to a clean stall that I shoveled daily for 23 years ! It would have been nice if the owner/breeder/trainer would have told us that he had been in a horse trailer wreck when he was three months old. A wreck in which his dam had laid on top of him for nearly 2 hours, while they tried to pull six horses out of a trailer that had flipped over.
At the risk of being called evil: a small and lovely dog.
I'm nearly 60 and have never had a dog, never lived for any length of time with one, and never established any meaningful contact with the canine pets of my family members.
My son and daughter-in-law had a dog (it was hers to start), and had added, more recently, two small children. They needed to move and could not find a pet friendly apartment so my wife and I offered to take the dog. We thought it was just for a year; that was three years ago.
I was happy to do it at the time, quickly learned that it is way more responsibility than I thought, and will be delighted when she goes back to her original owners. Though, at 12, she may pass on before that time comes around.
Sean Bean Called and said one word, "wife."
I "rent" a deck boat.
No storage, no matenience, no insurance. I "rent" it often but the rental cost is always less per year than if I was to have bought it and divided the cost by the years it lasted.
Every three years the marina gets a new deck boat and calls me ahead of time to get my feedback on what boat they should lease. I could easily buy a nice deckboat but my wife showed me the advantages of renting. She is very wise.