After looking at some of our posts since Baby Girl’s arrival, I’ve noticed that we can sometimes be a little whiny. And nobody likes a whiner. Despite a few annoyances (little sleep, rough work schedule, running out of bacon), everything is freaking awesome: Baby Girl is happy and healthy and an absolute boon to our Instagram feeds; we’re both getting paid to do the things we wanted to do coming out of college; we’re healthy; warmer weather is on the horizon.
In light of this attitude adjustment, I thought it’d be worth looking at some certain costs that often arouse groans and whines, and the reality of what we’re actually griping about. Ready? Ok.
“Stamps are $0.46 now?! Geez, they go up, like, every stinking year!”
Alright. Take that envelope you’re holding in your hands. What if I told you I could scramble the matter of that envelope into microscopic pieces, transmit them through a newfangled device, and have said device reassemble that exact letter anywhere in the US in just 36-48 hours. Freaking magic, right? Well guess what? We don’t even need that stupid device because THE POSTAL SERVICE ALREADY DOES THAT. And it costs you less than two. whole. quarters.
“I can’t believe the city charges us for water. Water!”
For the life of me, I can’t tell you where the water comes from when I turn on the faucet. I know I did field trips to water plants and sewage treatment plants as a kid, but it didn’t stick. But what I do know is that when I turn that thing on, clean water comes gushing forth like a jungle waterfall. And then that water goes down a little hole in my sink to another unknown destination for an unknown purpose. And to top it all off, I can actually tell my water to come out hot OR cold! How we’re not paying $2000 a month for this service is nothing short of magic.
“$500! Guess I won’t be going to Hawaii this year.”
I’m going to hand this one off to Louis C.K.
“I hate having to pay for these stupid things every month.”
We are surrounded by mutants. We work with them, speak with them, and live with them. In fact, you might even be one. Like me. I wear contact lenses. And when wearing them, I have perfect vision. So hypothetically speaking, let’s just say such a magical, mutant power could be bought. What would you pay? $1,000? $10,000? $1,000,000? Maybe we should stop complaining about paying less than $10/pair.
Now this post isn’t to say you’ll never hear us complain about anything ever again. Nor does it mean that we’ll not stop looking for the best possible deal on everything. But sometimes it’s worth remembering just what we’re getting for a few measly dollars.
What other modern day costs would 19th century folks want to slap us in the face for complaining about?