I like money as much as the next person. On second thought, maybe I don’t since I generally find that I end up getting rid of my money as quickly as I can. Having a teenager and a preteen helps; they’re capable of consuming large quantities of food while simultaneously bemoaning the fact that there’s nothing to eat. I believe they have stock in the local power company because I am constantly finding lights and televisions on with no one in the room. I believe one of my kids is trying to solve global warming by leaving the door to the house open so that the cool air from inside will impact the environment, but I’m not sure which one.
The problem with money is that I don’t like it enough to do the things that are often required to accumulate vast amounts of it. There’s “puffery” in which a seller exaggerates the benefits of the item he is trying to sell. Unfortunately, I can’t tell puffery from bald faced lying. There must be a difference, but no one has been able to explain it to me.
Then, of course, there’s the old fine print and legal mumbo jumbo. It doesn’t really have to be fine print – all you have to do is make the other person believe they know what’s going on when actually everything is going in your favor. You know, things like, “Sorry – your frequent flier points can’t be redeemed for a flight on any day that ends in a “y”.
So the bottom line is that I’m just not willing to do what it takes to get a better bottom line. However, it’s probably just as well.
I don’t think I’d do much different than I do now if I were rich. Maybe take the family a few more places. Maybe get away with the wife for a weekend more often. Maybe spend some more time at home, but that’s pretty much it.
Hey! Does that mean I’m rich already?