Reminds me of a joke: A group of girls were discussing what appliances they considered absolutely necessary in setting up housekeeping, when one turned to her elderly grandmother and ask: "Grammy, you've lived a long time and seen a lot of changes. What modern appliance did you appreciate most?" "That's easy," the grandmother replied. "Running water." But I'm assuming now that most households have some basics like heating, a stove, refrigerator, basic telephone (as well as running water and electricity). For myself I woould add air conditioning as a basic need in today's climate, but I realize that many people would be indifferent or consideer it a luxury. What do you consider absolutely necessary for your comfort and enjoyment of life? What is a luxury? What you wouldn't want even if it was given to you?