Observing an Alaskan feeding frenzy

We did an Alaska cruise. Not our first, but it’s a way for my 95-year-old Californian mother to get the whole family together.

imagesShe enjoys the shipboard slot machines. I pointed out there’s a device right in her stateroom where she could similarly put in money, press a button, and flush it away. Unknown-1But she prefers the ones in the casino.

One of our wildlife experiences was to witness that phenomenon called feeding frenzy. In the middle of the ship, they’d set up a special jewelry sale, a big table piled with boxed sets of necklaces, bracelets, etc, priced from $19.95 to $39.95. There was not much variety. But the deal of the century: buy four, get one free! Holy cow!

images-1Now, I am no connoisseur of women’s jewelry; but this garish stuff looked to me like what a six-year-old would enjoy for dress-up. Yet the table was thronged with women, grabbing stacks of boxes up to their chins.

I felt glad my wife wasn’t one of them. Then one friendly looking gal, holding a box, smiled wryly at me. images-2I said to her, “You don’t really need this.”

“I suppose,” she replied.

Emboldened, I added, “Looks like overpriced junk.”

“I suppose,” she said.

But I doubt this broke the spell or dissuaded her from buying.

The scene evoked that sneer word “consumerism,” which refers to your disapproval of someone else’s purchase choices. But I reminded myself of Pope Francis’s line: “Who am I to judge?”

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One Response to “Observing an Alaskan feeding frenzy”

  1. bruce Says:

    thumbs up Frank.

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