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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 cheap.

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.

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