It has been my experience in life that most RICH people are
Of course there are two kinds of RICH: Old money and New money- and they ARE different.
Old $ lives in the same house that generations of their family have lived in, even if it’s falling down around their ankles, the only working light bulbs are in two rooms, and they’ve named the mouse that lives in the top drawer.
New $ lives in blonde-brick pseudo modern artifices that are arranged with ‘suites’ of furniture and own every electronic device known to man, but are actually void of a second set of towels and the freezer is empty.
Old $ is not generous to the individual. The ‘individual’ is a constant reminder that they sold their souls for a Cadillac Seville and passionless sex every Thursday night from 9:10- 9:20. On the other hand, they are generous with LARGE amounts of money gifted to Foundations that will provide tax shelters.
New $ is not generous to Foundations. ‘Foundations’ are a constant reminder that they don’t have their name on anything. On the other hand, they are generous in very small amounts to individuals, and often feel a $5 bill to the garbage collector after picking up their crap, makes them benevolent.
Old $ dresses badly.
New $ dresses badly.
Old $ has unlisted phone numbers.
New $ has a cell phone, because who the hell has a land line anymore?
Old $ locks their doors and has doberman pinchers as security.
New $ locks their gates. Their dogs have to fit into a purse.
Old $ never wears their good jewelry ‘out’ unless it’s in the company of other Old $.
New $ always wears their jewelry- even to the Gym.
Old $ harbors a grudge about how they couldn’t fulfill their dreams because someone had to watch the Old $ and it’s a full time job just keeping an eye on the multitudes of people trying to steal from them, like why in God’s name can’t the cook keep the monthly food expenses down to 1958 standards? Have cows gotten harder to milk?
New $ harbors a grudge about not being Old $ and having a poorly paid illegal to yell at.
Old $ holds onto their $. They count change.
New $ wouldn’t be caught dead sorting through pockets for 36 cents when they can pull a crisp Ben Franklin from a wad.
Old $ have Last Wills and Testaments that come with caveats, like whomever gets the parrot to sing Ava Maria gets all the land in Arizona, or the next born child with six toes gets the vintage car collection.
New $ have poorly shopped overpriced insurance policies and no long-term care plan.
Old $ believes showing off is having someone on staff to cut their food- in public.
New $ believes showing off is tossing more food down the drain then they can consume.
Old $ have their children on the proverbial ‘short leash’ because they know that they have bred too closely and most of their children will come to adulthood with strange boudoir behavior that involves being down on all fours.
New $ can’t find the time to discipline their children which is why they have their children in 97 after-school activities per week.
Old $ insist on teaching the value of a dollar, just in $100,000 chunks.
New $ work their asses off so that their children never know the value of a dollar.
Old $ has a physician that comes to the house, is paid in cash, sits and shares a martini, and knows where the skeletons are buried.
New $ has a doctor on a medical campus that has their visit on a ‘timer’ (10 minutes per patient), is paid with socialized wealth distribution, never even takes a seat, shares generic advice, and couldn’t care less if your skeletons are buried or not.
It’s said that New $ is guilt free and that Old $ comes with guilt: guilt about having too much. Guilt about not earning it. Guilt about… oh, who am I kidding? They’re happy as hell…
OLD does have it’s benefits.