Maybe an economist can make us feel less guilty about shopping. "Retail shopping powers two-thirds of our economy," says Anirban Basu, quickly settling the issue. "If you've got it, then you can spend it." A father of two young daughters, Basu seems aware that mall hopping is in his future. "We don't have enough upscale shopping. ... If you really want haute couture, you have to go someplace like Tysons Corner," he says. "A lot of the retailers look at the Baltimore-Washington area and see it as one." This is a mistake, says Basu, because Baltimore has the money. "We don't realize how wealthy we are as a region."
Painting by Caspar David Friedrich "He has been my favorite painter for half my life. Every time I see one of his paintings ... I think, 'Genius.' I love the themes. The landscapes are pure and unobstructed by modern industry."
Storage from California closets "There's never enough storage space ... at the end of the day, we look at our homes and say we need an extra room just for stuffed animals or for clothes."