The “new” (as LeBron has it) David Brooks is on to something here:
A basic rule of happiness is don’t buy things; buy experiences. The market has taken one commodity product after another and turned it into an emotional experience — even hotel stays. I don’t know how you measure how much better off we are because of that, but we are significantly better off.
Before Tyler and I got Magic Johnson’ed by Bill Simmons, we wrote about the pleasures and pitfalls of buying sports experiences in Grantland.
My 20th wedding anniversary is approaching and we are planning a trip to Botswana and Namibia, or else a cruise to Antarctica. No china pottery sets or platinum nose rings.