I think it's probably pretty safe to say that with the exception of some of the elite few among us, the majority of you have the same concerns I do about the current economic situation. Granted, those direct thoughts may vary from something as crucial as making this month's mortgage payment to the average questioning of just where the next president is going to take us. But despite these times of financial crisis, it appears it hasn't severely affected one thing-buying this magazine. And for your continued patronage, I say thank you! Thank you very much for not putting CLASSIC TRUCKS on your unnecessary "luxuries" list ... at least not yet!
While I should have such a list myself to help combat my usual non-frugal spending tendencies, I'll be honest and say I've yet to enforce such discipline. However, I have polished up my bargaining skills quite remarkably over the last few months, so I guess in a way, I have tightened down the purse strings some. If I were anything like my parents, though, I would have ripped those strings off ages ago and replaced them with a chastity belt! There's good reason why some people think of me as a refined pack rat, but at least I'm smart enough to sell things on occasion-OK, when I either need money to pay for something else or room to store something else! I just don't see the value in getting rid of something valuable, otherwise I would have never given monetary value for it in the first place. Right?
Suffice it to say, as the Big Three are literally on the verge of folding and many a financial institution in a pre-crash tailspin, I will admit that now's really the time to save, not spend. (I can admit that, but it doesn't mean I'll adhere to it!) Be that as it may, there is one thing we can all enjoy that doesn't cost much more than an average lunch at any given fast food dump-spending time behind the pages of a magazine, a good old-fashioned magazine. Forget television or even that triple-w thing that had a mini-depression of its own for those dot-dummies not so long ago. There's nothing like a good read, especially one that isn't dependent on bandwidth. While periodicals can become a bit cumbersome over time if you tend to amass quite the mass of mags, at least you have something to show for the few bucks you originally spent-plus you can always sell or give them away to others. Can you do that with a web page or an episode of a TV show? (OK, in reality, you can, but it's not the same!)
What I'm trying to say, even though I already said it, is thanks-thanks for seeing the true value in the printed word, at least where CLASSIC TRUCKS' printed words are concerned. Now, if gasoline would just stay below the two-buck mark, we could all keep buying magazines AND drive our fossil-fueled relics all the time like it ought to be!