Thursday, July 7, 2011

To have and have not



How do you suppose they got here? Hard work, nose to the grindstone? Maybe investments – buying low and selling high (now there’s a concept). Or lawyer, doctor, Indian Chief.



My friend guesses inheritance. He says this dismissively. My friend is six foot one in his stocking feet, which of course he did all by himself. And he takes full responsibility for his own blue eyes, ear for music, and 140 IQ.

If he is right about inheritance, though, I think it takes a very clever person to be born rich -- true foresight and excellent planning. While most of us wile away our pre-life playing pong in the primordial ooze, a very few spend the time in lengthy negotiations with fate and the universe.



I couldn't live here -- for several reasons. Too much dusting involved. Grouting and whatnot. I'd misplace car keys, library books, and other important things. I have enough to lose already.

38 comments:

  1. You hire people to take care of those things.

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  2. Oh my dear! There are entire industries based on taking care of that dull day-to-day stuff.

    How did they do it? Foresight, like Daisy, or something louche, like Gatsby?
    Is there anything in between? Or is that dichotomy something we use to console ourselves---

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  3. Use part of the inheritance on a maid service would be my suggestion.

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  4. I am willing to sacrifice myself to save the greater good. I will live here.

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  5. Love houses with ivy on the walls!
    It must much work to have a garden like that one.

    Very interesting your comment about the horse's motion! Thank you!

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  6. Your inheritance would cover the costs of your upkeep.

    But, would your dogs want to live here? Imagine the green green lawns with little yellow spots...

    sigh.

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  7. I'm with you. Give me quaint & cozy over audacious and huge any day. If one were going to judge a person by their shrubbery, I'd say they were a pretty uptight bunch....too much penny pinching going on.

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  8. Listen to how practical you all are. That's an inherited trait. (Though Brenda is right about the yellow spots.)

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  9. It would be a relief not to have money as a concern. But in some ways it doesn't matter.

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

    Therefore, I'm with Margaret on this one.

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  10. It does not take being smart to inherit, even some of the dumbest people manage to inherit bazillions.

    The smarts are required to KEEP said money.

    While I second Petrea's comments---would love not to have to worry about where the payment for our health insurance is going to come from or whether I will outlive my accounts. However, I have seen the view from behind said gates (and others) and know that the worries of the people from the inside are the same as you and me, the difference is the amount of commas in their accounts (one friend once said "You have COMMAS in your bank account balance?!?!) and the magnitude of crazy that money tends to create. I'd be happy to risk it, but don't see it as a worry in my future. We are happy, something many behind these walls cannot say.

    K-you can hire someone to do just about anything with that much money, including greening the yellow spots Albert might leave behind.

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  11. Somehow, I think I'd make due!
    Nice photos of what I don't have.
    Car keys? If you live there you'd probably have somebody driving you around town.

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  12. The dogs would love it. And you'd have the space to take in a few more without the new ones even having to meet Phoebe and Albert.

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  13. Possibly drug dealing, or am I just a mouldy old cynic?

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  14. I'm going to sacrifice and surrender my gene pool to any future offerings of exalted existence. I promise to be wise, warm, welcoming, and unjaded. Just let me live luxuriously, that's all I ask. At least in my immediate surroundings, I'm not interested in the power lunches, etc. Oh, and you can have your own bedroom.

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  15. Haha. And another reason I couldn't live here: I'd be expected to throw fabulous parties.

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  17. Nice two-footed landing at the end! I'm sure this sounds simplistic, but Gatsby tells me all I care to know about such places. Other lit and film fills in any blanks Fitz left--not many.

    I don't mean that as a categorical dismissal of those who live there--I've known a few sweet kids from such. But there is a price of admission, and there's no Groupon discount.

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  18. If I lived there I wouldn't throw parties. I'd be a mysterious recluse.

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  19. Thank you Banjo.

    Well Petrea, there's always Sunset Boulevard.

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  20. Well, this is where you came in, back at that pool again, the one I always wanted. It's dawn now and they must have photographed me a thousand times. Then they got a couple of pruning hooks from the garden and fished me out... ever so gently. Funny, how gentle people get with you once you're dead.

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  21. I might could settle in, but I might need some help with the dusting. I love your words.
    V

    I've still not ridden doubles. Fear of broken hips

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  22. Oh man, Click on the Nora Desmond link. They had faces back then, and once upon a time, in the blogs, we had film makers, weavers of magic. More or less, kind of, well, I don't know...

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  23. Any house that needs extensive grouting is definitely off my list. I'm with Carolynn: quaint and cozy over this huge spread any day. I just need a little cottage. By the ocean. With a lap pool. And a hot tub. Ok, maybe I need that inheritance after all.

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  24. Yes, Karin, 2008 was a magical time in bloggerland.

    WV: efutcoti. An Italian dish. Very tasty.

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  25. Nora Desmond is a genius. She played all the characters AND operated the camera herself. I'm not kidding. That's brilliance.

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  26. I bet their bathrooms are bigger than my apartment. Too roomy for me :)

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  27. Do you know the IQ-quote can easily be manipulated?

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  28. My guess is they got there via the real estate or political business. That's still where you're talking about real money.

    And I know why you couldn't live there, KB.

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  29. Believe what you want. Know ones here to stop you.

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  30. My biggest problems would be the same two I have right now - how to get my husband to stop wearing his work boots in the house and keeping up with all the pet fur. We would prolly have more pets, lots more, so I would definitely have to have a full time maid/manservant or four, there's just no way around it but I would be willing to make the sacrifice. And thereby create new jobs. Definitely.

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  31. "I have enough to lose already." Beautifully said, my friend.

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  32. Oh, ok, maybe a blogger commune with lots of pet dander and maids.

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  33. Hey, I know that house! I could tell you the history and name of the famous current owner but your post is better.

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  34. If you keep your fingers off the furniture in the "fancy" rooms, then no dusting is required. Trust me on this issue.

    And most of us who get more than we need or can use got there by hard work, not spending too much, and reinvesting the savings. Unless you inherit like the Rockefellers, it's gone fast. You must have heard the expression "Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations." It's true. Look at Archie Roosevelt.

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  35. If I have to suffer...I'd be happy to suffer in a place like this one!!! But can we move it to that spot over looking the ocean that Katie mentioned??? I promise to entertain!!! Or maybe to the mountains, overlooking the Sherwins???

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