I always had the idea that given enough hard work and a bit of
luck, I could move up into the "upper class." I recently came to
the realization that it just isn't going to happen.
Lottery winner? Please, you couldn't even buy your way into the
club; the servant's entrance is around the back.
My better half, who runs a personal assistant business, just
landed a client who is one of the top muckety-mucks of a F500
company. Part of the deal is they want someone "they can trust" to
wire up their house for all kinds of electronic goodness
(wireless/wired i-net, cable,
stereo in every room, blah, blah, etc). She recommends me, so I
go over to their house to see what they want and figure out how
much to charge.
Okay, first of all, this house has something like 8 bedrooms
(not including all the bathrooms, studies, storage areas, closets,
*pant*). And it is just one of several homes they
How about the two closets (each one the size of my living room)
that hold either the winter or summer clothes for the Missus? Yeah,
her shoes have their own room, too.
Oh, and don't get me started on their five car garage. I thought
I was in heaven when I finally got a two-car garage (my tools got a
So, I'm looking at all of this, and I'm thinking, there's no
way. From what I understand, a lot of it is for "show" -- part of
the rich thing is throwing lots of social events. The other part is
that they can.
I'm not there, and I'm not sure I could ever be there. Throw
down $10k on a shopping spree (clothes!) in one afternoon? No way. Blow $300 on
lunch, every day? Get real. Fly to another state just to personally
sign some papers, then get right back on the next outgoing flight
(tickets all purchased that day)? You must be joking - overnight
the papers to me. Hang a Picasso in your Foyer, because you can?
I'll see it in a museum, thanks.