"Well, I know I paid way too much for these shoes, but I deserve it"
Why? Why does she deserve it? That "I deserve it" phrase drives me insane. Usually used when people have been good little consumers and bought themselves another toy.
What is this sense of entitlement we have? We're not entitled to anything.
You don't deserve the shoes. You wanted the shoes, you could (or couldn't) afford the shoes, you bought the shoes. I want leading directly to I bought. It has nothing to do with deserving something and everything to do with instant gratification.
Of course, it looks so much less shallow if you "deserve" it. Enough with the hypocrisy.
I don't own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say 'Mitch,' and I say 'what?' and turn my head slightly.
A man after my own heart.