Saturday, February 23, 2008

I feel trendy, I feel trendy!*

* Sung to the tune of "I Feel Pretty," of course.

I found out I was on the leading curve of two trends this week, yes, I'm feeling downright trendy. The two trends? The demise of the desk and the longevity of the automobile.

Michelle Lamb, a forecaster who a few years back predicted that flat screen TVs would doom the armoire, recently said desks are also heading toward obsolescence. Many of us no longer need them, she notes, since we're using laptops. (Read about it in this article on 2008 home trends.)

I gave up my desktop computer (and desk) for a laptop about three years ago. Once you've got DSL and wireless, who needs a static spot to plug in? Now I usually "compute" on my MacBook Pro while sitting on the sofa in my family room. Instead of a desk, I've got a Levenger lap desk that I stash by the sofa and pull out as needed. Way more comfortable.

Then there's the car thing. Turns out I'm not the only person driving an older car, according to a study released this week by automotive consulting firm R.L. Polk & Co. The study says the median age of cars on U.S. roads was 9.2 years in 2007. My 2001 VW Golf isn't quite that old, but it's getting there. (Read the AP story on that report, Cars on Roads Getting Older.)

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