There’s a time and a place for self-delusion – the child imagines himself a super-hero, a cop or whatever, a girl imagines herself a princess – but there comes a time, if you get my drift, when …
But sometimes the self-delusion continues, e.g. Jim Carrey saying yes to socialism when every rational indicator shows that it never works, has never worked, except for the cushy lives of the politburo [see Brussels now].
There are things which do work, e.g. the soviet central heating of large housing blocks and in those temps, the two foot thick walls and central heating, cost free, is good. but oh how those people paid for that in other ways.
Here are two other examples of self-delusion:
You get what you pay for
Everyone knows things are not always what they’re cracked up to be, that name brand stock is priced into the stratosphere, e.g. Apple products and yet, against that, it does use better components, it is of better design, it’s smoother to use and has a certain elegance.
It does, otherwise people would buy on name for a while, then drop away as it becomes apparent that the quality has dipped. My iPad still does what it’s intended to do, and does it well, no fuss. £640 it was for that model and well worth it because my blogging etc. depends on something like that. My MacBookPro still works, OS is out of date though.
I have a pair of cooking pans I swear by, they are solid, there’s no play in the handles, they wipe clean, they distribute and then retain heat – what more does one want? They weren’t cheap, in fact they were outside my range but as they’re not a car or golf club set, then why not go with good quality in just a few items? It can be made up for in the loo roll.
And years later, they look just as good. I’m not so sure about these:
Not content with taking on high street fashion, Aldi is now hoping to win over shoppers with the launch of a stylish new kitchenware range.
The German discount chain has unveiled a trendy ironware collection that looks remarkably similar to signature designs by French brand Le Creuset.
Shoppers can pick from a selection of non-stick skillets, grill trays, frying pans, tagines, roasters, and a casserole dish starting from just £12.99.
What are you trying to do with Le Creuset? Show off or have the quality of genuine pans?
There’s a type of person, especially women, who know the price of everything and the value of nothing, there are those who know quality items back to front and have no money to pay for them so they put them on the never-never.
Their lives are spent visiting their “pals'” houses and looking down their noses, turning them up or being envious. That is so nowhere it’s not funny.
Against that, I had a set of jeans of a certain label in Russia and they were the real thing but must have fallen off the lorry somewhere along the chain in France. The texture and feel, the cut, the colour tone – they were the goods all right. Inside the waistline, triple-stitched, with gussets, they withstood everything and were flattering to my shape.
So I really do understand women when they speak of texture and tone – you know when you touch it how good it is, sometimes it is well worth it. With a pair of trousers, I’d say they’re well worth it, with shoes it certainly is if it’s a genuine make, leather soles. Sadly, I have none anymore, left in some country somewhere and never recovered. These here now are ersatz, like the ersatz les Creusets, and they break after a year, like my HP laptop.
Sorry darling but you’ve let yourself go
This banner ad was running at the Wail while the Le Creuset article was open. There’s another, far less flattering pic of her with rolls of fat.
Confidence they say? Confidence? How? They’re kidding her and she’s kidding herself big time. Sorry, ladies, but adipose tissue is your enemy and getting the balance right is everything, otherwise you feel perma-yuk.
Men have their own crosses to bear of course.
And I’m sorry but exercise is the thing. Leggy was saying he didn’t modify his intake but as a janitor at one time, he was constantly physically working, also walking – it does have a marked effect and you can still eat what you want.
You stop that natural exercising and you become a blob, death-coloured too, unless you also drastically alter your intake. But people don’t, women don’t, they start bingeing on comfort food, don’t they?
Am I being cruel? Maybe but it’s Emperor’s New Clothes, innit? And don’t you think I’m talking at myself, reminding myself, not having a go at any of you? How can I know what you’re like or not like? I say don’t drop the treats and snacks and happy things, keep them going but at the same time, get naturally exercising, e.g. handwashing clothes, e.g. cooking and cleaning.
How many rabid young Snowflakes do housework in a real way now, as their grandmothers once did? There was value in that lifestyle.
So this rubbish in the ad about confidence is just that – rubbish.
Oh and by the way, the tatts are never too far away from someone who’s let herself go, are they? I expected tatts on the woman in that ad, and there they were.