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Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #3


It was interesting to see how Best Buy was having a particularly successful season. The shelves were pretty well-emptied, and it was only by chance my sister was able to find the two DVDs she did: it was like searching for needles in a haystack. Where the haystack is Best Buy. And instead of hay, there are hundreds of shelves where DVDs should be.

This is my third and final consumption scan! Scattered with a tad more humor than the last two I’ve written, I hope you enjoy it. The link can be followed here: http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/consumption-scan-3-best-buy.html


Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #1

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I own 10 pairs of boots (including my horseback riding boots), 4 pairs of flats, 2 pairs of sneakers, and 3 pairs of what we’ll call “other.” What can be determined, aside from the fact I like boots? It’s too much. It really is too much for one person. It blatantly disregards the anatomically inevitable that I have just two feet, which lend themselves to one pair of shoes at a time. So why do I overbuy?

A simple scan of my closet at home and at Simmons showed some really scary results. At some point, everyone should do a “Consumption Scan” and truly look into what they need, versus what they want when it comes to purchasing power. What is it about consumer culture that draws us in? All that, and more, in my next blog post. Follow the link below to read!


Two Bridges

April 15th, 2012

This day I slept in until almost noon time. I attribute it to a late night the night before. 😉 When Lena finally woke me up, we had a delicious brunch before driving to Zweibrücken. Zweibrücken is a city an hour drive from Trier, and the name literally translates to “Two Bridges.” Why? No clue.

The city is well-known for its large outlet mall. Lena’s parents went in one direction when we arrived at the mall, while we went the other, and we wound up in ESPRIT. Women clawed and shoved to get a peek at the racks filled with discounted t-shirts, jackets, and purses. We waited half an hour in line for make-shift dressing rooms in the back of the large store, where curtains were either too short or too narrow, and privacy was really just a frame of mind. What an introduction to the culture, eh? Much like visiting Kittery, Maine for the best Sunday deals, we “shopped til we dropped.”

We met back up with Lena’s parents, and drove home, the three happy shoppers and one chauffeur. 😉

I apologize for the posts that lull, I have to tell the unabridged truth, memory for memory. 😀