Len’s return, and the Slippery Slope

Posted by sue on November 3rd, 2007

Len arrived home to Lisbon last night after what appears to have been a successful business trip to Boston and Washington, D.C.

He brought back some “essential items” from the U.S.: chili seasoning, a new robe for me, some used books, a new wireless keyboard (because it’s cuter, smaller, and newer than the wireless keyboard he already has), and a GameCube with the latest Zelda game. He also bought the latest Simpsons game for the PS 2, which he is playing at this very moment. We’re getting more settled in and more candy ass all the time.

Many of you who were frequent or occasional visitors to our house in Culver City, before we left it just over a year ago, know that we had a lot of stuff. The good dishes for 8, the everyday dishes for 10, glasses of all kinds, appliances of all kinds, hundreds of books, lots of furniture. You know, stuff. In our travels we’ve generally tried up to resist the temptation to amass lots and lots of stuff, because while it provides comfort in the short term, it can really weigh you down in the longer term. Every time we buy something (or even consider it) we proclaim ourselves to be on the “slippery slope” toward saddling ourselves with a pile of possessions that we’ll just have to unload for pennies on the dollar (or centimos on the Euro) yet again.

Nevertheless, the more comfortable we get in Lisbon, the harder it is to resist buying a couple more towels here, and few more books there. It’s still a drop in the bucket compared with what we used to have, but it’s slowly creeping up on us.

39 Responses to “Len’s return, and the Slippery Slope”

  1. Cathy Says:

    How is the latest Simpsons game? Is it a must have?

  2. Randy Says:

    Yeah, inquiring minds want to know about The Simpsons Game! Dave just bought a PS3 and we downloaded the demo, where we get to fight Lard Lad, giant donut and all, and his army of tiny Krustys. We succeeded in opening his “Ass Hatch” and shorting out the circuitry therein, but are at a loss to progress further. Please help.

  3. Heather Says:

    It’s not “acquiring crap,” it’s smart investing! The dollar is so low right now that you should be buying hundreds of robes, and um, selling them, um, on the street? Or, you can make a giant tent with them, and live in the wilderness, so as to cease being candy asses!

  4. len Says:

    Randy it sounds like you’re having more fun with the game than us so far. We played for about an hour or so and there was no lard lard yet. We had to navigate through chocolate land then track down Jimbo inside a planetarium. It’s not super easy (though we are game tards) and I’ve already consulted the inter webs for help.
    I look forward to the “ass hatch” to which you refer Randy and hope it’s not a PS3-only feature. We’ve got a meager PS2 at our disposal (er, and the GameCube I just picked up for $40 to play Zelda).

  5. jordan Says:

    dude you’re sitting in front of the best game machine there is. ‘Portal’ is a work of genius. it’s all about breaking out of our defined boxes, and the fact that the very act of breaking out will lead to our inevitable destruction, and the possible breakage of neon tubes or AI run amok. (amuck? help, Sue!)

  6. jordan Says:

    Also:

    Blinded by the light,
    revved up like a deuce,
    another runner in the night

    -Manfred Mann

  7. kelli Says:

    OMG!

    is THAT what the lyrics say??!! what about the whole “douche” reference?

  8. Randy Says:

    Jordan is right! Portal is amazing! A must play.

  9. JD Says:

    I thought my hot sauce was an essential item ;( Let me know when you are back in the states for a few days and I’ll hook you up!

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