I’m already tired of hearing about the poor people stuck in Denver for the holidays because planes don’t ski well. It’s Denver in December – It snows. If you moved to Denver and expected to be jet set during the winter months, you’re stupid.
When I lived in DC and it was winter or spring I was absolutely aware that my flight may be canceled or delayed because of the weather. My plans and my attitude reflected that.
If there were 5,000 people stuck at the Phoenix airport because of blizzard, I’d be a little more sympathetic.
I went to several popular shopping outlets today to try and get my wife the perfect gift for Christmas, but was unable to park at several and faced impossibly long lines in others. I could give a damn that the places were packed. In fact I’m happy that El Pasoans have the cash flow to go shopping at these stores. What I’m not happy about is the constant bitching I hear from El Pasoans about their income, their taxes, their access to capital and other money related complaints.
For a city that claims that it’s so over taxed and that Bush has ruined our economy, there sure were a lot of families wheeling out big screens, video game consoles and home theater systems. Some of the families picked up the candy scattered about the “impulse racks” next to the registers for good measure. As their fat little kids ran wild around the store they charged their credit cards up, up and away.
One family had at least three or four thousand dollars worth of TV and audio equipment loaded on a cart. After they put the joys of Christmas on the plastic I followed them to the parking lot. They got in what I can only describe as a miracle of luck and blessings for a car. This minivan had one door that worked other than the trunk and looked someone had dropped it off of a 1,000 foot cliff. It was riding on a dangerously worn out spare on the drivers side. Their new home entertainment system was about three times the value of the car they drove. Wouldn’t you think a reliable car is more important than plasma TV? How about a safe car for your kids instead of a TV?
I guess I’ll start believing complaints about the economy when I see empty parking lots, closed businesses and people begging for money at every corner in the city. Home foreclosures are up here in El Paso and all around the country and I’m willing to bet these people would rather acquire material items like TVs and SUVs than pay their mortgage.
This just points back to why I abhor Christmas – IT’S ABOUT GETTING MORE MATERIAL SHIT INSTEAD OF JESUS’ BIRTHDAY!!!!!
No, I’m not some tree hugging liberal who hates capitalism if that’s what you are thinking. I’m just tired of hearing stories from copfriends that have a reoccurring theme. They respond to a call about an unsupervised, unbathed and unclothed child where the family has an empty refrigerator, a brand new big screen TV and an SUV with big shiny rims out in front of the house.
What’s wrong with us?