I've been forced to admit that my favorite gloves have outlived their everyday usefulness. There are holes in the fingers and much of the fleece has worn away. So, I have moved onto a new purple pair. If I could have just found the same ones, that's what I would have done.
Around here, you need something like $300,000 to buy a small condo with a toilet that doesn't fully flush and the closets don't even have the depth of a hanger. On the other hand, just about any night of the week you can walk into the Lizard Lounge, pay $5.00, and hear music that'll knock your socks off and tear your heart out. For instance, the ear-defying Duke Levine: http://www.myspace.com/dukelevine So, really, everything balances out in the end.