..because there must be more to life than buying stuff.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Renting Rims: The Decline of Western Civilization


At first I had a hard time figuring out how such economically challenged parents were able to afford such fancy rims on their cars. I watched the school parking lot of a poor school with very poor students as parents pulled up rolling on thousands of dollars worth of wheels. "That's where the money goes," I thought. I happen to know that some of these students don't have computers or even books at home. But their daddy has blingy wheels. Nice.

Check this out, folks: Rent-A-Wheel. You don't need credit. Just a job. Care to take a guess where they place these stores in the cities in which they franchise? Care to guess what the interest rates are? Am I blaming this company for something? Nope. Read my last entry about McDonald's. They're just filling a need brought on by a lack of good priorities in a part of our culture. We'd all be better off with fewer flashy rented rims and more books.

And we only have ourselves to blame.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Jennifer Brownell said...

It's all too true! This obsession with rims is just the latest in a never ending series of grossly expensive fads. I know a guy who bought $1500 rims to put on a $3000 car! Consumerism is a desease, like alcoholism or anything else. I have to check myself on occassion. There are times when I have gotten my paycheck and sat right down to consult ebay or amazon.com. It's appalling!

1:29 AM, November 15, 2005

 
Blogger Randall said...

Awesome site, btw. keep it up

8:49 AM, December 07, 2005

 
Blogger Our Money Staff said...

Great Site! Thank you. I've dropped out of Corporate culture and I'm the better for it. Frugal forever, new traditionalist always.

6:02 PM, December 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the other side of the coin, we work hard for our dollar, it's ours and what we choose to do with it, is our business. If we wish to purchase some flashy rims or a yacht or a good home entertainment center, it's our money and our choice. If you don't buy (no pun intended) into that, that's fine.

4:35 PM, December 16, 2005

 
Anonymous Pat said...

It doesn't stop at just rims, though. If people can't afford to buy a big screen TV, they rent it. If they can't afford to fill their apartment with furniture, they rent it. Maybe that's why they can't afford it... good, thought provoking post!

9:48 PM, January 03, 2006

 
Anonymous annas said...

Islam is beautiful:

THE HOLY QURAN


Surah 17. AL ISRAA' 26
(Isra', The Night Journey, Children Of Israel)

And render to the kindred their due rights, as (also) to those in want, and to the wayfarer: but squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift.


Surah 89. AL FAJR 20
(The Dawn, Daybreak)

And ye love wealth with inordinate love!


Surah 25. AL FURQAAN 67
(The Criterion, The Standard)

Those who, when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just (balance) between those (extremes);


Surah 15. AL HIJR 3
(Al-hijr, Stoneland, Rock City)

Leave them alone, to enjoy (the good things of this life) and to please themselves: let (false) Hope amuse them: soon will knowledge (undeceive them).


Surah 30. AR RUUM 41
(The Romans, The Byzantines)

Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the hands of men have earned. That (Allah) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from Evil).


Surah 100. AL 'AADIYAAT 8
(The Courser, The Chargers)

And violent is he in his love of wealth.


Surah 104. AL HUMAZAH 2
(The Traducer, The Gossipmonger)

Who pileth up wealth and layeth it by,


Surah 102. AT TAKAATSUR 1-8
(Rivalry In World Increase, Competition)

1- The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things),
2- Until ye visit the graves.
3- But nay, ye soon shall know (the reality).
4- Again, ye soon shall know!
5- Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!)
6- Ye shall certainly see Hell-fire!
7- Again, ye shall see it with certainty of sight!
8- Then, shall ye be questioned that Day about the joy (ye indulged in!)


Surah 7. AL A'RAAF 31
(The Heights)

O Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: but waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters.

10:15 PM, May 14, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats horrible!!!!

8:37 AM, February 15, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anna,
You can keep that stuff in your mosque

1:12 PM, February 12, 2008

 
Blogger web said...

It was annas, not anna you imbecile. And there was some good stuff there, which goes to show that even people living hundreds and even thousands of years ago without all this information around them, still knew a hell of a lot more than you.

9:13 PM, September 28, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wish more people thought like you.
i am of the same opinion, so no sense in wasting anyone's time here.

4:30 PM, January 28, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by the way, most people who are anti-islam have no clue about the religion.
all religions have their adherents who are intolerant, including christianity etc...
so stick that up your pipe and smoke it.

4:31 PM, January 28, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know what the rims you referred to were....i guessed it was some kind of computer thang...to jazz up your blog maybe or like pop ups or something...but people actually rent glittery bits for their cars...it made me chuckle...then i felt a wee bitty sad and then kinda smug...We(civilised European types) love you Yanks cos you make us feel so...what's the word...oh yeah...you make us feel so evolved! You're like pygmies with bits o tin foil.
Zeldom zeen

5:08 PM, November 02, 2009

 
Blogger farmakoxeris said...

Congratulations for your blog.

Someone said that it's his business how to spend his dollars. I don't disagree.
However if the rims of the car is his priority in life then he is pathetic, born to be a looser.

Small car, big car, they do the same job. 32" TV, 40" TV are almost the same and do the same job.


George
Greece

9:19 AM, June 02, 2010

 

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