Saturday, November 13, 2010

Spending decisions

We went to Logo's 2nd & 3rd grade concert, "The Principal and the Pea," on Tuesday.  It was so much fun!  The kids did a great job, and so did Miss P, their music teacher.
Here's Logo.  He did a fantastic job speaking slowly and clearly as he said his line, "our principal knew this school from ceiling to basement."  It was fun watching him during the songs, too.

There is something so wonderful about the first accumulating snowfall of the season--doncha just love it?
And...knowing my audience, I would guess at least half of you are now screaming "no" at your computers.  By the way, I can't hear you.


And, I couldn't resist this one.  Here's a headline from last Sunday's Pioneer Press: "Mind-body link revealed in spending decisions."  It was an interesting enough headline for me to start skimming the article (you will notice that it is a full 6 days after this particular article was published, so maybe not so very interesting).  Here's the opening line: "Economists once assumed consumers make rational money decisions based on what's best for them." (emphasis added)

Are they serious?  Economists really thought that?  In which theoretical world were they living, and which mind-altering drugs were they ingesting?  I can count on the fingers of one hand the people I know who, on a regular basis, make rational money decisions, and I'm pretty sure that I don't know anyone who always makes rational money decisions.  And what the heck is a "rational money decision," anyway?

"It turns out spending decisions often can be less about number-crunching math and more about touchy-feely emotions and the mind's link with the body."  Well, thank you consumer researchers, and thank you Pioneer Press, for that insightful illumination of our nation's spending habits.  You heard it here, folks!

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