How do you get over a case of “The Wants”?
I spent hours on Monday struggling with this problem. My Want? An iPhone.
Last year around this time I decided to lose my landline and get an iPhone. I transferred my number and for twenty-nine lovely days I had the object of my desire. I loved that little piece of technology more than anything. Have I mentioned I have a marked weakness for electronics and gadgets? If money were no object, I’d have a gigantic LCD TV, that latest phone, GPS, computer, three iPods’, etc. Not because I need them (nor do I actually have them), but because I love playing with them and discovering all the really cool things that they can do. It is possible this gadget/electronic fascination coincides with my science fiction obsession. I am pretty sure they are not mutually exclusive.
By now you must be wondering “what happened? Why only twenty-nine days?”
I had so many problems with service, the switchover of the phone, and my internet that I demanded they put everything back the way it was. AT&T is a large segmented company and each segment doesn’t seem to know what the other is doing. Plus, my underlying frugal sensibilities, although not yet full-blown, were beginning to whisper in my ears and I balked at the increase I would have to pay per month.
BUT, I still want an iPhone! Not the iPhone 4 but a tried and true iPhone 3. I can even purchase a refurbished model for $49!
So, I spent Monday going back and forth in my mind and on paper trying to justify the expense. I even filled out the online order forms at least twice. I never pushed that final button, though. It took some massive self-control, but I finally got over my severe case of the wants, this time anyway.