OMG, whatever it is worth or not worth apart from this, Facebook is always good for some fun / amazement about the world of the unfrugal common.
The other day I got an invitation of a distant Facebook-“friend”, celebrating the opening of an Abercrombie&Fitch Store in Munich which he went 200km (150mls) to Munich to see for.
What can I say? That might be excusable if the guy was a teenie of let’s say 16 years age, amazed and fooled in the same instant by the glamorous consume options of a modern world to which his parents have no access to.
But no, guess how old he is? Mid 30, like Woodpecker, and a solid man, working in an advanced position in an internationally well-respected consultancy firm.
I mean, what’s wrong? Spending a nice Saturday off in your car going 200km to crowded downtown Munich, just to cramp together with other stupid people and to wait for an super-expensive cloth shop to open its holy gates the first time?
Is this something you later tell your grand-children?
“Look you grandkids, those where the great old times, and your grandpa was THERE! I saw it! I was one of the few chosen happy ones who actually joined that great party in the magic November 2012, when we were so close to happiness. When the new A&F flagship shop in Sendlinger Strasse, Munich, opened it’s gates for the very first time! I was young and this was the GREATEST MOMENT in my life!! I wish I could go back and see it again!”
Will this be the story of a life-time? And Woodpecker foolishly declined and missed out something that important again ?
Well, to be honest, I don’t think so ;).
Probably the kiddies would only look up from their actual hightech-gadgets for 3 seconds and say:
“WHAT?! A&C? Never ever heard about it, but my internet says they where totally and absolutely irrevocably OUT only 2 years later! Why do you have nothing really COOL to tell us, like some adventures, crossing the atlantic on an analog sail-boat or climbing a hill without using a teleporter?!? Did you not have a real life then in the 2010s?!”
But seriously, I still don’t get it:
Is working in a big consulting firm even that more brain-washing than I already thought? Or is this just another sign that consumer madness and materialism has a so huge share of the population in a firm grip?
Well ok, let me stop ranting. So be it, and maybe there is something good in it as well: The hundreds of people clogging Sendlinger Straße that saturday were at least not flocking to the mountains, so that it was a bit less crowded there for the few sane of us others. Let them have their glamour religion, if they let us the real part of the world…