The American Way?
This weekend like many people J. and I had a long weekend but didn’t know how we were going to utilize this time. We could have cleaned out more of the garage but after sorting and posting over 100 books, DVDs, CDs and video games on Half.com we weren’t feeling super motivated. Instead we wanted to do something fun and opted to check out the Denver Zoo. It costs the same as the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo but I think you get a lot more for your money in Denver. However, if you want to get up close and personal with some giraffes- Cheyenne Moutain Zoo is the place to go.
The Denver Zoo is about an hour and a half from where we live and while it was cloudy and overcast in the Springs we figured we would be okay in our flip flops and short sleeve shirts when we hit Denver- we were wrong… It started to rain when we reached our friend Bob’s house for lunch. We noticed the cold and wind as we walked into Target to purchase “a frozen vegetable of our choice” which would be our contribution to lunch. Our first instinct was to just buy the cheapest long sleeve sweatshirt or jacket we could find for J. (despite the fact that I was sporting flip flops I had grabbed a jacket before we left home).
This was the first time that we were about to impulse buy something in over six months and I really had a problem with doing it. I knew that J. needed a jacket or the day would be miserable but I couldn’t stomach purchasing something that he would never wear again and would eventually get donated to Goodwill. Instead I wanted to find something that he otherwise needed and could be used again and again- oh and I wanted it at a good price because I’ve been getting great deals on Ebay lately. I have to admit that we totally lucked out in finding a $50 wind jacket perfect for biking in for only $13 on the clearance rack. J. doesn’t have a biking jacket and with the capricious weather in Colorado it’s an almost necessary investment (especially since we travel by bike as much as possible).
We were in and out of the store in less then 20 minutes and I only got distracted twice (once by the cutest yellow polka dot converse sneakers and the second time by a nice springy dress) but didn’t purchase anything other then the jacket and frozen corn. As we drove away J. looked at me and said something to the effect of “this is so the American way.” I asked him to explain and he said it’s just so American to find yourself uncomfortable (due to a lack of planning in this case) and just run into the nearest store and purchase what you “need.” I resented that remark personally because I had made sure we hadn’t just grabbed whatever but I also resent that being called the “American way.” People all over the world have the selfish mentality that they should get whatever they want, right now and dam the consequences to the environment, the animals we have pushed to the edge and beyond of extinction, and even other people. I concede that Americans should take our fair share of the blame but it isn’t ours alone and the US alone cannot fix the world’s problems. We all have to work together to fix what we have wrought.
So how did we do our part that day? Well J. did get a new jacket but I borrowed a pair of sneakers from Bob. Instead of eating out or ingesting a liter of flavored corn syrup we shared a homemade meal with a couple of friends. And while I don’t really agree with the concept of zoos I hope that our entrance fees help pay for larger habitats that they sorely need.