The Ducks season ticket ambassador called me back yesterday.
Duck: I called Mr. XXXX and he said he didn't want the tickets.
Ego: He what?
Duck: He said he doesn't need them.
Ego: But.... but... that can't be! I looked online. They cost $1100 each.
Duck: Oh, no, you don't understand. He prints his tickets online so he doesn't need the originals.
Ego: Ahhhhhh. I didn't know that was possible. I thought you actually need a physical ticket to get into a game.
Duck: Ah, well, ah, no, you can just, ah, print them....
Ego: So what should I do with these?
Duck: You can just throw them away.
I'll be rooting for the ducks this season. If they have a good season I'll sell the complete unused set along with the bag and lapel pins as souvenirs. Otherwise they'll go in the trash.
The other trend that jumps out is how thoughtlessly people throw away their wealth. It takes a lot of human energy to generate the means to procure all this stuff. Then people toss it. The Henkels knives are over the top though. But clearly people don't value their human capital or its flows.
Mrs. Ego often laughs at me because I have this.... affliction. My mind has this strange quirk where I automatically calculate the resale price I could get for things I own. That is immediately followed by a second calculation. I figure out how much in dollars I value the item myself. When (resale price) > ((my value) + (pain in the ass to sell it cost) + (transaction costs and taxes)) I sell without hesitation. At that point I am incapable of keeping the thing.
I can physically feel the waste. It took me a long time to realize that others don't feel waste the way I do.
If I were to put myself in the head of the young woman who I believe threw out the Henkels, the only thing I can figure is that she no longer had the rest of the knives that came with the set and didn't want to keep an incomplete set. Who knows.
The seniors at the last place we managed very rarely threw out anything of value other than newspapers. This place is full of young people. My hope is that the phenomenon is not generational (millennials being more wasteful than silents) but simply a function of age. As you get older you get wiser with money.
Regardless, for now I will ride their unwise wave of waste.