The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

New Wallet

I need a new wallet. My current one is about five years old, and is fraying at the corners. It looks pretty beat up, which can be embarrassing when I go to pay the bill at a nice restaurant or something. Moreover, it’s too small for everything I have to carry, and is literally bulging at the seams because of all my credit cards, membership cards, and photos.

I have a Prada wallet now, but I’m so over the name brand thing that I’m just planning on buying the cheapest one I can find at the mall. I’m giving myself a limit of $20, which should definitely be enough to get something cute and functional.

I can’t wait for my wallet to be organized again!

Jeremy McGrath Mouse Pad

jeremy-mcgrath-mousepad Jerry is a big fan of Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath, so I thought it would be fun to buy him a McGrath mouse pad for his desktop computer. The mouse pad is offered by Smooth Industries, the undisputed leaders in producing motocross-branded accessories like kids pajamas, pencils, camp chairs, sleeping bags, and more.

Anyway, the mouse pad has a great picture of MC laying the bike flat on a nice whip. The image is clear, and you can see a lot of details in it. The mouse pad also has McGrath’s sponsors listed along the bottom, and the Smooth Industries logo in the upper right corner.

The only problem with the mouse pad is that it’s a lot thinner and flimsier than I expected it to be. Don’t get me wrong, it works just fine once it’s sitting on the desk. But when you hold it in your hands and look at it, it feels like a cheap piece of crap!

Overall, I would still recommend this product because it’s not all that expensive and it’s something that a SX/MX fan will likely appreciate. Too bad the padding is not a quarter of an inch thicker to give the product some substance!

New Yankee Stadium

new-yankee-stadium Lots of sports teams get new stadiums at some point or other, but few generate the stir that came along with the Bronx Bombers tearing down the House that Jack Built. Yep, better get in line for 2009 New York Yankees tickets, as I’m sure lots of people will go see the team just to check out the state-of-the-art ball field.

Two years in the making, the new Yankee Stadium can seat 52,325 spectators — which is actually some 4,500 less than the old stadium! But the new place has nearly three times the number of luxury suites, and boasts more leg room, restrooms, elevators, souvenir stores, and a huge video scoreboard.

I wish I could have taken in a ball game at the old digs, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yanks in action at the new field. The first game will be an exhibition against the Cubs (another reason to go) on April 3, and the first regular-season game will be on April 16 against the Indians.

How much do you want to bet that they both sell out?