8 Things Rich People Buy That Make Them Look Dumb

What’s worse than wasting money? Spending it on things that you think make you look good, but really make you look silly.

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A few years ago, I was invited, along with a group of my friends, to a party at a waterfront mansion here in Fort Lauderdale. The house featured two elevators, about 20,000 square feet and a living room that resembled an upscale hotel lobby.

As we stood in a small group marveling at a side of life we’d never seen, one of my friends said, “Doesn’t this make you wonder what you did wrong? I mean, why don’t we have houses like this?”

My response: “Really? I was just thinking about how long it would take to walk from the garage back to the master bedroom when I left my keys on the nightstand.”

Since my first mansion party, I’ve been to many others. I’ve also ridden on mega-yachts, kicked back in vast home theaters and otherwise enjoyed the spoils of other people’s good fortune.

I’ve learned something along the way: It’s fun to know rich people.

But I’ve also learned that trying to impress people with ostentatious displays often creates the opposite effect. In other words, things you think are earning envy may be causing people to think you look silly.

Here are some of my favorite examples…

1. An expensive sports car

“Want to see how fast it will go?”

That’s the question I’ve been asked all three times I’ve been a passenger in a Ferrari. My answer was consistent: “Please, no. I’m begging you.”

It doesn’t work. Instead, it’s zero to 100 in 5 seconds on a city street.

I’m sure there are lots of people who enjoy riding in loud, cramped cars that can theoretically go more than 200 miles an hour. I’m not one of them.

While these guys (yes, in my experience they’re always guys) probably imagine themselves envied at every traffic light, are they really getting the status for which they paid?

They’re getting attention, all right, but maybe not the kind they wanted. When I’m stopped next to a Ferrari, all I’m seeing is someone who’s combined a midlife crisis with a big checkbook.

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2. A boat

If you take a ride down the Intracoastal Waterway here in Fort Lauderdale, within 5 miles you’ll pass more than $100 million in largely unused boats.

But if boating’s a crime, I’m guilty. As I write this, I have two 30-foot boats docked behind my modest waterfront home. I love boating, and I love working on my boats.

But the only advantage to actually owning one — especially a big, complicated one — is that it makes any other indulgences you have seem practically free. I’ve owned boats for many years, and I can state unequivocally that I’d be better off if I paid $1,000 to rent a boat for the day whenever the mood struck.

When someone asks me, “What’s the best boat?” I say, “Someone else’s.”

The only thing you can do to make boat ownership more foolish is to borrow the money to buy one, or to buy a new one. Think cars depreciate when you drive them off the lot? Chicken feed. Boats sink in value so rapidly that it’s truly astounding.

They also tend to sit unused for long periods of time, which is the worst way to maintain one.

Boats are no way to stay afloat. And unless you have money to burn, this pastime may not bring you the status you think it will.

3. Plastic surgery

You think you look younger. What you might look like is someone who’s so insecure they had to have plastic surgery so they could pretend they weren’t getting older. And don’t even get me started on breast enhancement, especially the (literally) over-the-top variety.

4. Jewelry

Tasteful jewelry can definitely add to one’s appearance. But if you’re wearing too much, you might as well just wear a dress made of $1,000 bills. It’s brassy, not classy. There’s a fine line between good and gaudy.

5. Houses

I get it: If you have millions of dollars, you’ve got to put it somewhere, and where you live is as good a place as any.

But if you’re borrowing heavily to impress your friends with a house that’s way bigger than you need or can afford, you’re not looking rich, you’re looking crazy.

Besides, who wants to walk the length of a football field to let the dog in?

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  • whattarush

    If I were rich, and I feel that we are actually, I would give some of my money away. There are people out there who need to eat and there are cats who need a home. It’s where I send my money. People. Animals. Social consciousness. We need to help each other more.

    • protosphere

      Everyone typing here is rich! They have a fridge, stove, flush toilet, they can buy a coffee and talk with total strangers, some even have vehicles and yes, luxury items they treasure whether it is a 20 buck chess board, a pet, we are richer than we think and I am sorry to have taken that line from corrupt banks who do not farm fish innovate or manufacture but bask in your sweat. =).

      I detest banks and stock markets, I’d be buying everyone small businesses.

  • lisag983

    If I had loads of money, first I would pay off all of our debts. I would also pay off my two children’s student loan debts, which bless their hearts, they are drowning in. After that I would find so much joy in helping people in need, I’ve always wanted to open a great soup kitchen, and I would help animals too. I would die a very happy person!

    • KathyF

      Perfect response and I echo that.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      There are two principles I have learned: it is much easier to stay out of debt than to get out of it, and it is much easier to lower one’s cost of living than to increase one’s income (especially with continuous inflation since 1913).

  • Carlos Demattos

    Nice article, Stacy. I like the way you put things into perspective. Makes a common, scrounger like me seem okay in comparison.

  • Vince Ryder

    Great article. I made a decision 8 years ago to retire in February 2010 and I stuck to it. I was 43 when I retired. I could have went into a second career after the US Air Force (having spent 24 years enlisted+officer) and made six figures annually since 2010, but I would have been unable to spend much time with my sons who are now 9 and 13. I have never once regretted the decision. More money in the bank would be nice, but better vacations and newer cars are not worth 50+ hours of my life each week. If I were 8-figure rich, I would probably take a couple years with my family and see much of the the (non-warring) world about two months each in a dozen or so countries, then buy a small place (or long-term rent one) in our family’s favorite location, and concentrate on helping my boys become young, smart citizens with a bright future. I’d also give generously to charity and to deserving relatives who need more financial security than they currently enjoy.

  • JJM

    I would add a $100,000 or more Patek Philippe watch or any other watch that costs more than necessary and is less accurate than a simple digital watch. That to me is a stupid waste.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Two of my largest luxuries in life is not needing to wear a watch or carry a cellphone.

  • Sherrie Ludwig

    One: I’d like a housekeeper once or twice a week. Two, I’d like to be able to travel a bit: European river cruise, perhaps? I would love to own or lease a nice horse (I’ve had several horses, expensive, to be sure, but a good horse is health club and therapy sessions combined). That’s about my whole bucket list.

  • Georgia Wessling

    Right now I feel as rich as I ever want to be. If I had a lot more money, I would give it to our church colleges. This is a gift that keeps on giving because you are helping someone get an education now and then that lets them help others as workers in many professions. I was told by a professor at the college I attended (a church college) that they could not teach us all we needed to know. What they taught us was how to find what we needed to know when we needed it and to send out good citizens of our country.


      More power to you and the church thing. But I would not give the church one single cent!!! Read the bible for yourself. Don’t let a church or a minister tell YOU what the bible says. You can tithe many different ways. Thus ensuring what you give goes directly to those that need. People think it is commanded they tithe thru a church. What nonsense. What a racket. Jesus walked around in flip flops. barefooted. He healed the sick, fed the hungry and helped the poor. Ohh, and he also ate bread and drank..plenty of wine. He didn’t preach..fear of God, he preached caring for one another. That’s good enough for me.

      • Georgia Wessling

        So you are ignoring the actions of the disciples and early Christians in ACTS. They sold their property and put it in a common purse (the church) to feed and clothe the hungry. They had people appointed to do this work. Stephen was one. So the church has been in this business for over 2000 years and have done a wonderful job. Whenever they have failed it is because of church people who claim to be Christian and aren’t. I do not give all my money directly to my local church, but I do give it to Christian education, Christian broadcasts, and groups that help children, disabled, etc. My church also does this. I just do my extra money straight to places where I love the work they are doing. I also tithe my time to the Lord. It all goes to Him. We cannot give up on what God set up just because there are people who go and do wrong. The church didn’t stop in ACTS because Ananias and Sapphira did wrong and lied about what they were giving. We look at people and judge whether they are Christian or not, but only God can read the minds and hearts and really knows who are His.

        • SPINMASTER

          Hers’s what I’m sayin..Church as official reps of God/jesus/Heaven are not answering any questions about real problems. They seem to say though, “By all means pay your tithes..But if YOU have any questions for Jesus? You should ask him..in the parking lot before you enter here”!! I’m sayin YOU can tithe thru the kindness of your own heart to others. Its just as good or better than giving to the church’s who seem to have very rich pastors. I never read in the bible all who go to church automatically enter the kingdom of heaven. Have you? I…would rather give to causes and people where I..can see my offering doing direct good. Not after..the church and the greedy pastors..get their cuts and..incidental expenses.

          • Georgia Wessling

            I agree with you that some pastors or preachers are not in it for God, but for money and recognition. Just like the Pharisees and Sadducees. However, most of my life I have had good pastors and listened to good ones. We just have to check their words to be sure they hold to scripture. However, all of us seem to see different things in scripture. We must not be judgmental, but check with our preachers to verify where they are coming from. God says we are to verify what we hear by what we find in His word. But, so many of us anymore just listen and do not check. Paul mentioned this and Revelations praises one church because it verified what they heard from God’s word. I grew up in a church that believes there are Christians and sinners in every church. God is always there when 2-3 people love and serve Him. And, as I said before, only He knows who are His.

          • SPINMASTER

            To each..his or her own!!! I believe in God. I am a Christian, I just don’t believe one needs to belong to a group/church/ministry to enter the kingdom. I believe we are judged individually..by our deeds, what we do, how we treat others, our actions. The bible is not a difficult piece of work. One with average intelligence can follow its teachings. I prefer not having some person who says they are an authority teaching me, instructing me. telling me..what the bible says. The master gave all of us a brain. I see and think as clearly and rationally as the next guy. I give to many charities. That’s my church work. And I go see the direct results of my contributions.Again, I’ll not give the Church one single dime of my money. God is not just in the church. He did most of his best work? Outside of the church. I don’t quote a lot of scripture. Could care less. I prefer implementation over…Verbalization!!

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            I believe in Jesus, but I’m not a Christian because I’m not in the first MLM.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            If two or more coming together in the name of Jesus Christ constitutes a church, why do we need 501(c)3 dens of iniquity?

          • SPINMASTER

            YOU need..Not me!!!

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            I don’t need either one, but apparently you are unable or afraid to explain why you don’t.

          • SPINMASTER

            I..just don’t need greedy pastors/church’s who serve themselves 1st. You can serve God in many ways. I choose mine..You yours. God is within us all. You don’t need a preacher to tell you this. Well..maybe you do!!

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            I am god.

          • bigpinch

            @ Spinmaster: Well, I can’t let this one pass. There are fewer greedy pastors of churches than those who are not. Most of them are highly dedicated to Christ Our church, for example, is pastored by a Ph.D. who earns about minimum wage and who interprets the scriptures with better understanding than most of the pastors I’ve met during my 55 years as a professing Christian.
            I tithe through my church because, even though I have some issues with the hierarchy, the good that they do through coordinated giving is greater than is further-reaching than we, as an individual church, could accomplish on our own. One of the reasons that I give is that giving makes me understand how much I am really blessed when I see how many people are in dire need.
            In addition, I also spend money on and give my time to widows, orphans, the sick, and the imprisoned, as Christ has admonished us and do; that on top of trying to make myself a better person which is what Christ has really told us to do.
            So, I don’t need to hear from you or the Pope about what I ought to be doing or what will qualify me to enter the kingdom of Heaven.

          • SPINMASTER

            Ohhh but you need to hear it from a preacher..who..has the same fallicies and faults of anybody huh? hell, if you are gonna elevate a particular church/pastor? Then why not elevate the pope..and meee too!! Think for yourself. Or is it you are to lazy………

          • bigpinch

            No. I don’t “need” to hear it from a preacher to know what is true. I’ve been reading and studying the scriptures on my own about my entire life since I became a Christian. I was doing this before this specific minister came along and I hope to be doing it when he is long gone.I don’t “need” to hear it from him, I want to hear it from him. He has dedicated his life to the study of the scriptures and the practice of the faith whereas I don’t have the luxury of time in that regard. I study every day when I get up in the mornings but I want more. I desire more.

            I am not elevating this preacher above any other person in our congregation. I know him for the man that he is with all his faults. I’ve watched him deal with his own problems, problems that we all have to face, for the past ten years. The difference between him and most other people I’ve known is that he not only deals with those issues with grace, he has enough love and grace to help other people deal with theirs.

            Jesus said a couple of pertinent things about Christians that all Christians need to understand. The first is that anyone who wants to be “first” in his kingdom has to be “last.” Anyone that wishes to be “great” in his kingdom has to be a servant to everyone. Our pastor does just that. He serves us and we are supposed to be serving others. The other thing Jesus said, in that regard was, “Assuredly, I say to you that Tax Collectors and Harlots are entering the Kingdom of Heaven ahead of you.” Where anyone arrives at elevating a man, a pastor or a Pope, above the common herd is beyond me.
            One thing that I don’t think a lot of people understand is that the reason Christians go to church is that we find it strengthens us, spiritually, to be in regular contact with like-minded people. The apostle Paul admonished us to not neglect gathering ourselves together. He was right. Jesus said that whenever two or more are gathered in his name, he would be there also and I believe that.

          • SPINMASTER

            He has dedicated his whole life to studying scriptures?? Where the he.. you been?
            You can download sermons and scripture quotes from this internet..for free!!! You do what you do sir. But don’t let somebody else interpret the bible for you. Your own intelligent interpretation is just as good..maybe even better. Ministers often twist their biblical interpretations around their beliefs. And you being lazy? Run with it as gospel. I see it all the time. Preachers are just like politicians. Selling YOU their beliefs. Think..for yourself. The bible is not hard at all to understand. There is no mystery to..”Doing the Right things in Life” God is within us all.

          • bigpinch

            Well, you really are a piece of work. Even after what I wrote to you, in response to your last post, you don’t seem willing to believe that your conceit of the ministry might be flawed. You don’t even seem able to conceive that I might not be letting this minister interpret the scriptures for me; that I might have arrived at conclusions, by my own effort and the grace of God, not because of what some self-appointed expert (including yourself) has prescribed for me.
            I associate with this minister because his being, besides what I consider a man of God, has a Ph.D. in History. So, his explanation of scripture in an historical context is fascinating to me. I want to learn from him because I believe that he has something to say. I am not elevating him above myself and my personal efforts to connect with God. It would be the height of conceited ignorance to believe that there aren’t people from whom I can learn.
            Am I being intellectually “lazy?” You couldn’t find the number and variety of religious texts from around the world and across various cultures that I have studied. Child, I am the original autodidact. At my worst, I have been accused of being a dilettante.
            One of my favorite quotes is, “When a pickpocket meets a saint, all he can see is his pockets.” I suggest that is your condition. “Motivation determines perception,” is another way of stating that psychological principle. You have a conceit beyond which you are not willing to look.
            The Internet is a wonderful source for a discussion of the scriptures, I agree. I spend a lot of time at it and I would like to suggest that you spend even more. Get your head out of that long dark tunnel and consider that what you think you know isn’t adequate; adequate to keep you from being unnecessarily hostile toward people who are trying, in their limited way, to find the truth and to connect to goodness.

          • protosphere

            many interpretations, dozens of religions, which is right? Kant said we innately know. Moon god, sun god, OK, there is something but it would be like a plant trying to reason us so it doesn;’t matter, live, love laugh, and be happy. Never mind debating the meaning of life. Why look a gift horse in the mouth. =)

          • protosphere

            I find the adamant Christian as bad as the atheist.

            I envy you but I hate going to church. Love th people but hate church ever since the hour long sermons as a kid with a bow tie on a hard bench passionately screaming red faced that we will burn in hell for eternity if we don’t believe… Now all they do is sing with no message /sermon… Its changed….I pray at nights, that good enough for me. Bad enough I have to battle legal beagle critical thinkers who equate it to believing in ghosts and UFOs, they are just as bad. No one can possibly know so it is not important and a topic best left for idle debate than get carried off with. What’s important is the here and now, either way.

          • Ralph Ware

            Well, I can certainly relate to your childhood experience with church. I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church. It was the center of my family’s universe from the time I was born until about the time I graduated high school. I found it to be a mixed bag more weighed down with the miserable than with the good. When I left home, I spent the next 30 years staying as far away from the miserable and the Church as I could.
            I have been attending a small, intimate church of a different denomination for the past ten years. As an adult, I’ve been able to have a different relationship with “church” than I did when I was a child and a teenager. Finding this church has been a blessing. I don’t like the large “Praise” churches. I agree with you about the singing without the message and so many of them make such a thing about trying to be “relevant” to the secular world that they seem to have lost the point of cultivating a relationship with God.
            In defense of my youthful experience, I have to say that my father (a lay-minister and Deacon) insisted that we be more than just “social” Christians. I spent a lot of that time reading scripture and, more important, systematically studying scripture. So, I got a lot more out of the Bible than I see people getting in their “church” experience, these days. There is a general lack of knowledge and understanding.
            I think that what you mean by an “adamant” Christian would be better described as a moralizer and a busy body. Adamancy in your faith is no vice. Trying to force your views onto other people is whether you are a Christian or an Atheist. Keep praying and asking God for a church where you can exercise your spirit. He will answer

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          I’d be more impressed if they’d have bought them the equipment required to grow their own food, a la feed a person for a day or teach them to feed themselves forever.

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        Finding an accurate translation from the base languages used in writing the bible would be essential if one would want to follow it. The KJV was sponsored by a King, remember.

  • Cgjgeoman

    Looks like most of the people commenting here have their heads on straight. My faith in humanity is somewhat restored. Great article by the way.

  • Robert Buchko

    Excellent article. One of the better ones I’ve read here. If I were rich, I’d get out of debt first. My wife and I are down to only the mortgage and plan to have that paid off just after I turn 50, but I still don’t like it. Second, I would invest in an in-home gym and hire a personal trainer to come out several times per week. I love how I feel when I’m in shape, but I need external motivation! I’d build a badass obstacle course/ropes course/zipline in the woods I own behind my house. And finally… I think I’d learn how to sail. Christopher Cross makes it sound pretty sweet.


    I would think if one came into or inherited a very large sum of cash, the 1st thing they would do is to get educated on money and its uses. Take some business classes initially while holding on to that money. but most don’t. And before they know it? They are dead broke. If I were rich, I’d also hire some highly touted financial advisor( known to be successful in managing others money..proven track record) and tell him or her, hey I don’t want to end up broke!!! Its been proven time and time again. nobody want you when your down and out. But when yas flying high? Here come all your long lost..friends and want to be friends. And lastly, I would help many of my young family members get a good education. Not free..but with conditions they meet goals.

    • protosphere

      I love your attitude. I dunno if I agree but the spirit is there.

  • Linda

    I recently had a good paying job. I did not boost my spending or borrowing to max out my income. Instead, I used the extra money on my sons when they moved out for college. I bought everything they needed for their places (all the little things like kitchen utensils, shower curtains, bed linens). I took them shopping & let them pick out their own stuff. That brought me such joy to see their happy faces. I also used my extra money to buy gift cards from local food chains and give them to the homeless people on the streets. And buying a pepsi in the store and give it to the person working the Salvation Army bucket at Christmas time. It brought me such joy to be able to give to others and see the gratitude on their faces.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Why would you buy poison for the person running the Salvation Army bucket?

  • http://thebrokeandbeautifullife.com/ Stefanie @ brokeandbeau

    I couldn’t care less about a Ferrari but I’ll happily take a ride on someones boat, as long as I’m not responsible for buying or maintaining it 😉

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    Why would a rich person have to walk from the “garage back to the master bedroom when I left my keys on the nightstand” if s/he has a chauffeur? When the land yacht arrives at the front door of the mansion, the butler will announce it. Since I spend a lot of daydreaming on what I would spend my money on if I had a lot of it, I long ago decided one of the first things I’d buy would be a WW2 submarine, to be completely rebuilt as a submersible yacht, complete with well-appointed state rooms for the marine biologist, seafood chef, and a beautiful maintenance person (like Bonnie Barstow) to maintain the state of the art technology.

  • Anja

    Why does a civilized discussion always have to end up with god vs church? It’s so totally off topic!
    If someone feels good to give to the church, fine! If someone feels good to give for cats, fine! Tolerate!
    I have just enough money to scrape by but if I had more than enough, I would do random acts of kindness. No-one can help everyone, but just to brighten someones dark day might turn a live around.

    • protosphere

      The topic is about money and the bible says “the love of money is the root to all evil”, hence those holding greater than the cure to cancer compelled to speak up.

  • bigpinch

    I think we might draw a distinction between “rich people” and “wealthy people.” Wealthy people shop for bargains. Rich people buy “top of the line” as long as the money holds out.
    Wealthy people will have wealth for a lot longer than Rich people will have money.

    • protosphere

      It is low class to say wealthy and high class to say rich… go figure with one sounding fancier.

  • http://www.sandiegocareal.estate Gloria

    When I’m rich I’m going to rebuild the special education program in my city. If it weren’t for special ed my daughter would not be mainstreamed and getting straight A’s. Before she was in special ed she was struggling to accomplish grade level work, stressed out every day, angry, defensive and suicidal. Special ed, staying home and fighting the schools to put her in special ed made her who she is today. They cut the program in half the same year Obama promised to double special ed programs. Our city took the money to pay it’s bills and the program has never been rebuilt. I don’t know how many needy children have been prevented from the education they need but my guess is that it’s in the hundreds.
    By the way, as a realtor with Sotheby’s I see so much wealth spent on 25000 sq. ft homes, with 15 car garages, assistants, house keepers, yards maintenance crews..all full time. I’m much more interested in being the change I want to see in the world.

    I believe everyone should have a right to spend their money on whatever they want, it’s what makes the world such an interesting place….I’m just sharing what I would do because it’s what I want to do and for no other reason.

    BTW, I was trying to add my profile pic and instead it made a huge pic of my head on this page….so sorry!!!!!!!
    I’ve been trying to delete it, but it seems that it’s stuck here.

  • http://oureverydaymoney.wordpress.com/ Todd R Christensen

    Love this post, Stacy. Probably one of my all time favorites. As you surely experience as well, I find far too many young people and as many not-so-young people hung up on acquiring the “stuff” of riches rather than the security of wealth.

    Keep up your good work, Stacy!

    One of the games I play in my classes with teens is, “Who wants to live like a millionaire?” Many are surprised to find that they already are driving the “millionaire car” and living in the “millionaire home.” If it’s for show, you’ll just look dumb to those who know.

    • http://www.moneytalksnews.com Stacy Johnson

      Thanks for the kind words, Todd!

  • Melody Szabo

    LOL so well said. I’ve noticed in my experience an inverse correlation between intelligence and money, the more intelligence you have the less money, the more money you have the less intelligence. It nicely explains the state of the world at present.

    • protosphere

      I disagree, guys like the rolling stones have acquired enormous knowledge to rival several doctorates just because they have money, the super rich get smarter. Too few pigs with money, most are astoundingly stellar I find.

      Banks and greed are another matter, banks cater to the rich like Hitler’s generals competed for his praise.

  • http://ecofrugality.blogspot.com/ Amy Livingston

    I think you need to do a follow-up to this article about the things rich people can do with their money that prove they’re smart. Here are some things I think it’s great to spend money on, if you have it:
    1) Learning about something that’s fascinating to you;
    2) Leisure time to spend with the people you care about;
    3) Experiences you value, whether that’s travel, fine dining, horseback riding, or, yes, boating;
    4) Giving to those less fortunate than yourself, and to support causes that matter to you.
    Note the common theme in all of these is “What’s important to you,” just as the common thread linking the items in your list above is trying to impress others.

  • protosphere

    If had money and they will take it any way they can, like the stock markets where over 90% lose when investing alone (a little known fact a casino has better odds)

    If I had money again, I would spend it. Not invest it.

    …and yes I’d buy a Ferrari because I am a driver, a heel and toe drift and slide type, not like over 99% of who are not to risk life and limb. Nor would I ask anyone if they wanted to see how fast she would go. Boats, you bet, need a wooden one or two too for the Muskoka home when I take precious seniors out for some sherry or tea before dusk (I know who to kiss up to, they have daughters), Plenty of extreme ski trips and maybe and RV or bike to kill myself on. An oceanfront villa in some small southern European town with great beaches and food. Heck if I had two nickles to rub together today, I might even get married again.

    In all reality, I buy lottery tickets to fight this newly found depression that grows with my increasing less ability to afford the existing house I love and live in now as the direct antithesis…and to think I was once a millionaire when I could have more frugally and more happily existed, maybe even lived.

    Its OK, I lived my life, and I would be hard pressed to find anyone who led one better no matter how much money they had, in between the girlfriends, sports cars, 10 hour day on the tennis courts, swimming , jogging, cycling, boating, ah I can go on forever… I lived. Don’t cry when I die. To continue living, I’d need many millions (yes, I already figured what I need…and I’d spend it, not invest it. Investors die not living. Look at Buffet. )

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