Lookie there! Stats prove American ridiculousness

9 thoughts on “Lookie there! Stats prove American ridiculousness”

  1. That list is pretty ridiculous, yet doesn’t surprise me in the least. Yesterday on my walk back from the gym I overheard someone on the sidewalk say “you expect me to walk 9 blocks??!! are you crazy???”

    1. Ha! That’s funny – and I think you hit on something important. You were WALKING back from the GYM. Walking and gym = fitness and health. You, sir, are doing it right.

  2. This makes me a little embarraseed to be an American! We can fit both cars in our garage, but usually only do 1 since loading the kids is harder with both cars in there. Our toy boxes are out of control, too. A garage sale is in the future for sure. Our car mileage is low at least!

    There are a lot of opportunities for people to save more!

    1. Americans aren’t the only culprits here, but we certainly do tend to be the worst of them. Our sense of entitlement in this country is just astounding. I’ve seen more garages than I care to count with stuff literally piled from floor to ceiling, leaving hardly enough room for people to walk through…much less fit a car into.

  3. Holy ridiculous information, Batman! While this must have been exhausting to write, it’s a great picture of what’s wrong with how people are choosing to spend their money. I hope others look at this and see how it’s affecting their lives and their futures. Entertaining, informative yet exhausting (due to the amount of ridiculousness that is our society, of course) post. Excuse me while I go take a nap to recover 😉

    1. It always amazes me when I look at statistics about consumption in this country. Granted, we are all guilty to some degree, especially me, but I am reminded of the oft-utter phrase regarding the definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”.

      You ain’t gonna retire early and enjoy the rest of your life in jobless bliss if you keep spending like you always have. Luckily, we have made the choice to turn our spending habits around and start prioritizing our future – a future that is designed to make our lifestyles the exceptions to these statistics. 🙂

  4. What’s crazy to us, on the ever-expanding-house front, is that while houses are getting bigger, they aren’t actually getting more expensive. The suburbs just keep sprawling out farther and farther, mowing down nature in favor of cheaply built, cheaply priced mcmansions. It has to end at some point, but we still have a lot of empty space in this country, and know that this sprawl is likely to continue for a long time. And you know what that means? MORE miles on all those cars, more stuff to relieve the stress of those long commutes, more coffee needed to get people through the mind-numbing drive… Can we all just find a way to hit the reset button? At a minimum, we’re glad to be in a pretty sweet work-at-our-reasonably-sized-home situation, so we aren’t paying upkeep on a giant home, dealing with a commute, or tempted with expensive coffee! 🙂

    1. That’s an excellent point – urban sprawl continues to invade further and further into what was, at one point, nature, so people can have all of that space at a cheaper price. I was guilty of this at one point, living a good 30 or so miles away from work down in one of the southern suburbs of Tucson.

      Now, I live in town and, like you, work from my reasonably-sized home (which is still too big). 🙂

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