I used to feel vaguely uncomfortable about my life, that perhaps I was missing something, that maybe there was more that I could do in this world. But after this weekend, my view has brightened considerably.
On Friday I was running an errand for a friend of mine, an I noticed a bunch of people camping out in front of Best Buy. “Strange place for a campout…” I mused and wondered if it might be some kind of publicity stunt. You see, this is what happens when you learn about the world just by walking around like I do, major media blitzes have no impact whatsoever. Later, I was over by Target and there were people camping out there too. So, I investigated a bit, and when the truth was revealed, I just had to laugh.
These poor people camped out three days — three days wasted — so they could get their hands on a video game system. So they could waste more of their time more effectively. What seemed even worse to me was the ages of the people in “line.” They were not (for the most part) teenagers. Nary a high school student there. But they also did not appear to be old enough to be the parents of kids old enough to care about such things. So, these 20 somethings, in the prime of their lives had nothing better to do than stand in line for a video game system. Wow. Quite astonishing to me really.
Oh and there was one more thing. It seemed that at each store there were maybe 20 or so people camping out. So unless the stores were only getting say, three of the things, showing up first thing Sunday morning would have done just fine. On the other hand, considering that in some other cities, there were fights and even gunshots over this stupid thing, overall Wausau seems to rank quite high on the sanity scale, so we can all be glad for that.
Or if they were really in the know, like the leader of this organization to which I belong, they could have gotten an advance sale on the thing anyway.
So, even if you are grinding away in the office Monday morning, at least you can work secure in the knowledge that your life has plenty of meaning to it. Well, at least compared to some other folks. 😉