As one who has suffered immensely from rejecting advice, I'm open to giving it,
You made me laugh Thox!
I agree w/ you incogsneako - we live in such a consumeristic world, where everyone wants to keep up with the Jonses. And we aren't immune to it. My husband is an electronics junkie. But, there are limits to our consumerism that would turn others heads. We both own (no bank loan on these!) vehicles that are more than 10 years old, we have a huge garden and rabbits for meat. We have chickens for eggs and meat. I find that our area lends itself nicely to our way of life, much more than the area we lived in TX. It's easy for us to find friends who are on the same wavelength as we are.