@loren smith I think often people are "rich" because they do think about money so carefully? Good on you and your husband for the 2-3 year cushion - you might not be in such a secure position if you acted like a rich person.
@themegnapkin that was meant to be a reply to Caitlin with a C. And, /rant.
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.
@themegnapkin and, apparently, not uninterested in getting out of that bubble.
I picture this guy as Jon Hamm's character on 30 Rock - totally un-self-aware.
Is there more opportunity in Europe? It kind of seems to me that opera is more widely loved there than it is in the US.
@pompom that is outrageous! I know London is expensive, but . . . people who make 120,000 pounds find it difficult to make ends meet there? Who are these people?
@seaermine - also, where did you live & shop in DE? I see below that it would take 2 hours to get to Trader Joe's. I can imagine that Newark (college town) would be more expensive than Wilmington.
@seaermine I live in DE currently, and my grocery bill (single person) is about $120-150/month. I eat lunch out during the week, though, and am vegetarian. But I also shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
@lemons! I can't get the link to work. Can you write it out?