Thursday, September 07, 2006

New Theory: We are all part squirrel

The other day I was walking through Walmart. As I walked a certain item caught my eye. What was it you ask? It was a bucket. This bucket was better than most buckets I see. Why? First, it was on sale for just over a dollar. Also, it came in colors like neon orange and neon yellow. The bright colors excited me, and I had to have these buckets. So I threw them in my basket, and told myself I would use them to organize my cleaning supplies.

Then I got to the front of the line. And I saw something else! Qtips! These were not ordinary Qtips. No way! They were Qtips with colored sticks. They had purple and green Qtips in my aisle. I wanted them, but I restrained myself. And, as I was standing in line I remembered a truth that I had discovered a while earlier and buried in the recesses of my brain. That truth is that we are all part squirrel. We all like squirrels are drawn to bright and shiny things, and when we see them we want to make them our own. Especially if we think we are getting a good deal.

Our nations history was founded on the squirrel principle. How did we get the island of Manhattan from the Native Americans? We gave them shiny trinkets (and to be fair they thought they were sharing not selling). What drove westward expansion in the United States. Shiny yellow rocks in places like Colorado and California. Where does most of our population live? By the shiny Great Lakes and seashores.

Men, how many of you go for shiny technological gadgets that you will never need? Women, how many of you have more shoes that you can keep track of? Rednecks, how many of you have more cars or parts for cars than you need in your front lawn? Book lovers, how many of you have looked at an old raggedy book on your bookshelf and thought you would want the same book with a nicer cover? How many of you women have more knick-knacks than you know what to do with? Have you ever bought a book, CD, DVD, or tool that you did not remember you had until you brought it home and went to put it away? Why is it that we do all of this? It is of course because we are all part squirrel.

You might even relate this principle to the attraction of the opposite sex. How many of you women are more attracted by a shiny, sporty car or nice big pick up truck? How many of you want the big shiny rock on your finger from your man? What about our attraction to nice shiny teeth artfully arranged by a dentist? Even in dating we can be part squirrel.

What shiny and/or useless things are you drawn to? What store are you a sucker for a bargain in? Do you agree with the squirrel principle?

10 comments:

'neice said...

I need to think about this one. My first thought is no...I am not part squirrel...but just because that is my knee jerk reaction doesn't mean anything. Hmmm....

Stephen said...

Now I know that I don't buy anything I don't need. I need everything I have! Well OK - maybe there is just a couple things I don't need. :) I actually have noticed that I am a sucker for new technology, new cars, new clothes, new (or old) guitars, new new new......stuff stuff stuff and as a result I am in debt. Stores that get me.....hmmmm.......The Apple Store, Guitar Center, The Verizon Store (yeah sick hun!! It's just a damn phone!), Curcuit City, etc. You get the point........

David Cho said...

Walmart is about the worst place to go for most people. Me? Computer stores.

Aphra said...

I do think I'm part squirrel. I have this 'save it we might need it for another day (or winter)' approach to my possessions. I find it very hard to throw things out. I guess unless they are rotting nuts.

I hope I wasn't out of line to send you an email.

San Nakji said...

I like that idea. However we don't have squirrels here. In their place we have magpies which look after the shiny things just nicely! Does this mean that you guys are squirrels and Kiwis are magpies? A bit like Women from Venus and Men from Mars?

Oricon Ailin said...

LOL!! This is SOOO true. I'm a lot like aphra. I tend to hide away things, thinking I will need it another day.

I am very attracted to sparkly purses, bags, and hats. I also like earrings and sparkly makeup.

Oh yeah, and anything with the color purple is awesome!

I can TOTALLY relate to this post. Thanks for sharing!

And hey, I've got me a few of those buckets from Walmart as well. Aren't they great?!

rubyslipperlady said...

I admit that I am a horder. I'm trying to thin out though. Share the love and all. Hoping to swing by a thrift shop to drop off some things tonight. This actually reminded me of it. yea.

I'm a sucker for a bargain. Doesn't matter what it is as long as it's a bargain. You never know when you might need 29 plastic shiny red water goblets. Serious. I bought them for a quarter a piece. WHAT?!

SUPER said...

I once was part squirrel. It was our sorority mascot and we had to sing a song "Squirrel, Squirrel...shake your bushy tail!"
I know...I'm rolling my own eyes right now!

I'm obsessed with scrapbooking stuff and fabric. I love buying home decor...and I agree with David. Everytime I go to Wal-Mart to buy ONE thing..I walk out with about $40 worth.

Brotha Buck said...

That is a very good observation. I proved it so when I cleaned out my garage last weekend. I threw out so much stuff, wasted money, things I thought I needed, but didn't. And the funny thing is, a very poor lady and man came by in their truck and glady took my trash out of my front yard. My trash was their treasure.

Brownsoul said...

LOL! (The redneck part really cracked me up.)

Interesting theory. And I will be the first to admit that I buy shoes (several pair at a time) that I never wear...but they're always sooooo cute, not like any that I know my girlfriends own, and on sale! :-D