Wednesday, November 21, 2007
macon on my mind
I found myself both envious and appalled yesterday as I watched Oprah and her FedEx elves on TV. They were shooting from Macon, Georgia, and Oprah was doing her annual Favorite Things episode, which I've never seen before. It was ... unbelievable. Oprah, whose wealth is officially beyond my comprehension, sent every member of the audience home with a Scrabble game, Josh Grobin Christmas CD, loungewear, KitchenAid Artisan mixer, panini maker, $250 Target gift card, and more ... and to top it all off ... a $3,800 refrigerator with a flat-panel TV/DVD player/computer on the front door. People in the audience were falling all over themselves when they saw that one! The refrigerators will be delivered to each audience member's home and installed, the old ones taken away to be recycled or given to someone in need. Aside from that little nod to people in need, the whole show was such a paeon to consumerism that I felt a little ill. (OK, she did have a gift basket of environmentally friendly "green" cleaning products, saying, "I probably love to clean so much because I don't have to!") Yet and still, I would have been pretty darn thrilled to go home with that KitchenAid mixer! Not that I have room for one in the kitchen, and not that I'm ready to say goodbye to my beloved handheld mixer quite yet, but it's something I find myself salivating over in stores around the holidays. Such mixed emotions over the power of money!