Inspired by moseying around a music store while wifey had her guitar re-strung. I grew up poor and there was no disposable income to buy non-essentials; I vowed that when I was an adult I would buy the three things I wanted most:
A drumset. When I joined band in middle school my parents rented a basic snare drum for me, but that was it (even the rental strained the budget).
Looking around today I realized I could afford any set I wanted, but I’m not the least bit interested now.
A metal detector and rock polisher. I bought both a few years ago and haven’t even taken them out of the shipping packages!
How about you? What items did you lust after as a kid? Did you buy them for yourself when you were a grown-ass person?
I also had a coin collection when I was a kid, and was putting together a US type set. It was complete except for two expensive coins I could never quite save up for. When I was in my 30s, I ran across the thing when I was moving stuff around, and so I bought those last two coins.
I always said I would have lots of pets. Right now I’m in an apartment, and we are just allowed two (have two cats-- illegally had a dog and two cats for a while, but the landlord looked the other way because our dog was old), but during the time we were in a house, we had, at max, 7 cats, and at one point also 3 dogs. At the same time, we had at most 3 dogs and 5 cats, or 2 dogs and 6 cats. I have two tropical fish aquariums now as well.
The color TV my mother would never let us have was one of the first things I got, when I was first on my own, but my aunt and uncle had them, so it was anti-climactic.
A sparkly top/dress. I was fascinated by a glittery matching blouse and skirt set worn by a restaurant hostess when I was a kid. My mom told me when I grew up I could have something like that (but she certainly never offered to buy such for me). That box has been checked.
Another item of apparel was white go-go boots, but of course that fad was long gone by the time I was old enough to buy whatever footwear I wanted.
Pets are an interesting area. We had a bird, a dog and some fish when I was a kid because it was somehow considered ‘good for me,’ but my mother was never into it - she always considered them just something else she had to care for. I have always been very fond of animals and I’ve had pets of one kind or another ever since I was old enough to care for them myself - hamsters, birds, chinchillas, a frog, and dogs. My husband was denied pets of any kind as a child and he’s an enthusiastic aider and abetter in the pet department.
I always wanted a really ginormous saltwater aquarium, with not just colorful fish but also things like seahorses, starfish, anemones, etc. I had no idea of the expense and the amount of time involved with maintenance.
I thought that it would be so cool to be able to mount a tiny camera in a remote control plane and fly it around our yard and get into dog fights and such.
Hello 1000 games that simulate this on your computer. I’ve played a few of them with varying interest. About once a year I’ll try one again.
Or a drone, but not sure if they will do well at my altitude.
I used to think I would have the hottest coolest car around. I liked muscle cars. (didn’t we all). Today, a new Honda Accord would leave most of those muscle cars in the dust.
Anyway, I still appreciate them. Oh, a Chevy SS with a 454. An Olds 442. Perhaps a Goat.
Meh. I could afford some nice old Iron if I wanted to. But it makes absolutely no sense.
Well… My Plow truck is a black short bed dodge RAM with a Hemi in it. Was the right truck to buy (used, it’s harder then hell to find a decent short bed without an extended cab). It is kinda fun to drive that around when I take the plow off of it.
I used to lust after the stuff advertised in the back of Popular Science, Boy’s Life, etc. Never did buy the X-ray glasses, but I now have a Big Bang Carbide Cannon. Haul it out on holidays, the neighbor kids love it. Makes a he** of a noise.
Also have a Celestron 12" reflector telescope. The neighbor kids like that also.
When I was, like, 6, a friend of the family (or something) had a Cadillac convertible that had a PHONE in it. I decided I must have a convertible with a phone in it. I should add, I’m old…phones in cars were not common at all when I was little, not even in southern California.
I also was quite resentful when we didn’t use the pool because it was a lot of trouble and decided I must have a pool in the back yard.
Well. I have had two convertibles, both POS cars. (A Corvair and a Triumph Spitfire if you must know).
I do have a phone in my car now, in fact I have one on my bicycle. And everywhere!
My mother was right about the back yard pool. They are too much trouble and not big enough, unless you are a multimillionaire with room for an Olympic-sized pool.
No Cadillac, but I’m still open to some other kind of convertible, because while the two particular ones I owned were not much for driving, i.e., they broke down more than they ran, when they DID run, they were lots of fun.
A huge electric train set, throughout the house. I guess I might do something along those lines one day yet, but I’m not quite as much of a fan of model trains as I used to be. I got the same satisfaction of “miniature recreation of real things” in making 3D graphics.
Beyond that I didn’t have very vivid ideas of what adulthood might be able to provide. Lucky, actually, as now I don’t yearn for things I never wanted.
I appreciate this. So far, it’s been hard to find pleasure in possession beyond something of a fondness for things that I’ve had long enough that there’s a goodbye-loyal-old-friend feeling when it’s used up or worn out at last (which probably means that my brain wants more friends if it’s trying to treat possessions in that way).