Friday, January 14, 2005

Cognitive Dissonance

I ran out this evening to pick up a copy of Half-Life 2 -- I played the demo last week and it blew my mind with the way it recreates real world physics. Anyways, when I opened up the box tonight, I was a bit dissapointed to find the game comes on 5 cds - that's more than I currently have in my car. By the time I install the thing the next game will be out (and that's saying something, this one took roughly six years according to the internets).

This whole affair got me thinking - how many purchases have I made in my lifetime that I ended up regretting? Other than college textbooks, my alarm clock and tickets to see
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, here's my top examples of buyer's remorse:

5. An American Eagle hat -- it was honest to God my first purchase after I started working for a living. Somewhere in my 16 year old mind, years of wearing nerdlinger "
No Fear" tshirts from Wal-Mart would mystically be erased by the purchase of a red hat bearing an overinflated brand name. I should have just stuck with my trusty Phillies cap - at least in that case I know I'll be dissapointed.

4. A
Virtual Boy -- ok, this one is a stretch - I didn't really buy this one. It was a shared purchase between me and my gullible little brother. 2 games and three retinal surgeries later, I decided to stick to a reality comprised of more than just the color red.

3. Anything with a
button fly -- for obvious reasons.

2. A Hootie and the Blowfish CD -- curse you Darius Rucker, you mellow-voiced bastard from the hellish depths of "lite" rock radio.

1. A gym membership - nah, I'm just kidding, this is actually going to good use as I sit on my ass and type to an audience of one. :)

As soon as my image hosting situation works out, I'll have some images posted. Until then, in the words of Ms. Heeter, go suck an elbow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually it was Kathryn Heeter who christened that phrase.

9:39 AM  

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