By Kimberly Alison@twitter on I Am Fastidiously Frugal And Exorbitantly Flagrant (Because: Balance) (And: Parents)
Cosign on the art buying. I get weird looks from family members when I tell them about a new painting I just bought instead of buying new (desperately needed) sneakers. But looking at them just makes me SO. DAMN. HAPPY. Happiness>>> arch support.
YOU HAVE A PERSONAL CHEF AND A LEXUS AND YOU DON'T FEEL RICH?!? I just ... I can't ... :head explodes:
I find this article so frustrating in part because his anxieties (which I am sure are real) about money are of his own making, and he doesn't seem interested in doing anything about them. He could downsize his house, move his money from admittedly risky investments into safer ones, broaden his experience and social circles so that he understands that a Lexus is not an "average" car, funnel his extra money into college funds for his kids, etc. He says he reads all of these books about investing - including the very good "Millionaire Next Door" - but I don't think he understands them, or absorbed any of their principes. I commented above that he reminds me of Dr. Drew Baird from 30 Rock, he also reminds me of Sherman McCoy from the Bonfire of the Vanities, especially in the chapter where Sherman wonders how he could possibly spend his entire salary of $1,000,000 each year, then goes through his purchases and justifies them -- OF COURSE his daughter deserved $20,000 window treatments for her room! He feels like he is financially precarious. Millions of people feel like that. But unlike those millions of people, Jake's ability to do something about that feeling is entirely within his grasp, and he doesn't seem to realize it.
I just... I can't even... HOW IS A $32,000 LEXUS AN AVERAGE CAR? I just can't feel sorry for this guy's money worries when he is living with 3 cars and 3 houses and a 3 year cash cushion in savings. I honestly can't imagine how anyone could be so un self aware.
By deepomega on Babies As Luxuries
@stuffisthings Wrong. The penalty here is bankruptcy, not death.
@highjump @j-i-a Bahahaha! Well, I think both of my ladies are genuinely sweet-natured, but if pressed, I would say that Baby F displays more devious Jessica tendencies, while Baby I seems to be more of a people-pleaser, a la Elizabeth.
@highjump Done and done! Random girl named Heather got a hug on you.
Nick for Secretary of the Treasury.
I'd as soon dunk my nethers in a snake pit as a college dorm hot tub.