[LMB] Steggy!

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Fri May 14 01:03:00 BST 2021


I have a old black and white TV I got back in 1981 it still works,  of
course there are no stations to tune in anymore. But, I can still watch
background radiation from the Big Bang. My first flat screen TV which I
bought in 2014 died on Christmas eve. Forced consumers indeed.

On Thu, May 13, 2021, 4:34 AM Janet Gibbons <sesack4th at hotmail.com> wrote:

> There is a SciFi story written about the abject shame of half of the
> attendees forced to endure a wedding wearing brand new clothing. The
> poorest people were "forced consumers" It followed through to all of their
> worldly goods.
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> You can also see the furniture, art, clocks etc as a symbol of the status
> of empire that chair is made from exotic wood from a vassal state. This
> diamond studded chest a gift from another state.
> Of course they never have to move all their stuff. I've calculated that
> through out my life I have moved at least 18 times or more. However one of
> my pack rat tendencies is books. I have moved or stored my books at least
> seven times. I've also held on to my computers as well as a ancient Texas
> Instrument 770 Intelligent Terminal. I guess I am a pack rat.
>
> On Wed, May 12, 2021, 11:23 AM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > From: Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com>
> >
> >
> > This makes me wonder at what level of pack ratisness Emperor's and royal
> > families are. I have a coffee table book on the British royal family's
> > collection of art, clocks and stuff. Of course there is the famous attic
> in
> > Miles' house.
> >
> > Gwynne: I don't think it's packratishness exactly; it just doesn't occur
> > to them
> > to throw things away. (Let's face it, they have the space for it.) In the
> > UK, one
> > of the most dismissive comments about a social climber is, "He bought his
> > furniture." Because you don't, if you're U. You inherit it, from the
> > generations
> > before you, and you use it until it's well past usefulness. And you
> > replace it
> > piece by piece, not a whole houseful of new furniture like the nouveau
> > riche.
> > So they keep what they have, adding interesting new pieces to the
> > collection
> > when something takes their fancy. Older pieces are rotated to less-used
> > rooms,
> > and eventually the attics.
> >
> > Also, there's the feeling that most of it isn't theirs - the opposite of
> > packrats.
> > When you inherit your palace, you know you're only one in a long line
> > before
> > and after you. It's yours, but it also belongs to the lineage. Packrats
> are
> > terrifyingly territorial about their stuff. And it's THEIRS.
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