My family didn't buy a color TV set until 1970. We brought it home
in the trunk of our 1963 Chevy Biscayne. Why? Because my dad is
But he has never admitted being a tightwad. Instead, he prides
himself on cautious consumerism. "I'm waiting for them to get the
colors right," he would say. "I don't trust that power steering.
When they work the bugs out we'll buy a new car."
So it figures that with my background, I find it difficult to
understand people who possess the insouciance to book cruises on
ships that haven't even been built yet.
Well, my inherited cautiousness has finally paid off. I'm not
booked on the Voyager of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's
world's-largest-ship. The under-construction vessel is behind
schedule and there's talk of cancelled cruises. Never mind that I'm
not booked on any ships that actually exist, either. The point is
that I had the common sense not to put my cash into a cruise ship
whose Lido deck hasn't been laid yet.
Score one for the cheap people. Have a good weekend.