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meme: spoiled?

Meme: If you have over 40, you are spoiled.

Pushing it with 35? I do consider myself to have an easy life.

Do you have:
(1) your own cell phone
(2) a television in your bedroom [[ it's amy's ]]
(3) an MP3 player
() a photo printer
() own phone line [[ besides the cell phone? nah. ]]
() TiVo or a generic digital video recorder
(4) high-speed internet access (i.e., not dialup)
() a surround sound system in bedroom
() DVD player in bedroom
() at least a hundred DVDs
(5) a childfree bathroom
(6) your own in-house office
() a pool
() a guest house
(7) a game room
(8) a queen-size bed or larger
(9) a stocked bar [[ not properly, but there's lots of booze ]]
(10) a working dishwasher.
(11) an icemaker [[ it's not hooked up... ]]
() a working washer and dryer
() more than 20 pairs of shoes
() at least ten things from a designer store
() expensive sunglasses
(12) framed original art [[I've got one friend's photograph framed. I suppose it's a print because it's not the negative, but bah.]]
(13) Egyptian cotton sheets or towels
(14) a multi-speed bike [[ my motorcycle! ]]
() a gym membership
() large exercise equipment at home
() your own set of golf clubs
() a pool table
() a tennis court
() local access to a lake, large pond, or the sea
() your own pair of skis
(15) enough camping gear for a weekend trip in an isolated area
() a boat
() a jet ski
() a neighborhood committee membership
() a beach house or a vacation house/cabin
(16) wealthy family members
() two or more family cars [[not counting my motorcycle because I already counted it ;) ]]
(17) a walk-in closet or pantry (Yeah, but it's upstairs and we never go up there.)
(18) a yard
() a hammock [[ I lost this somewhere... it was a cheapie ]]
() a personal trainer
(19) good credit
() expensive jewelry
() a designer bag that required being on a waiting list to get
(20) at least $100 cash in your possession right now [[ not right now, but it's not unusual ]]
(21) more than two credit cards bearing your name (not counting gas cards or debit cards)
(22) a stock portfolio
(23) a passport [[ it's around here somewhere... ]]
() a horse. :-(
() a trust fund (either for you or created by you)
() private medical insurance
(24) a college degree, and no outstanding student loans

Do you:
() shop for non-needed items for yourself (like clothes, jewelry, electronics) at least once a week
(25) do your regular grocery shopping at high-end or specialty stores [[ maybe? Trader Joe's... ]]
() pay someone else to clean your house, do dishes, or launder your clothes (not counting dry cleaning.)
(26) go on weekend mini-vacations [[ at least in theory ]]
() send dinners back with every flaw
() wear perfume or cologne
() regularly get your hair styled or nails done in a salon
() have a job but don't need the money OR
(27) stay at home with little financial sacrifice [[ er, I work at home ]]
() pay someone else to cook your meals
() pay someone else to watch your children or walk your dogs
() regularly pay someone else to drive your taxis
() expect a gift after you fight with your partner

Are you:
(28) an only child
() married/partnered to a wealthy person
() baffled/surprised when you don't get your way

Have you:
() been on a cruise
(29) traveled out of the country
() met a celebrity
() been to the Caribbean
(30) been to Europe
() been to Hawaii
(31) been to New York [[ Man! New Yorkers must be spoiled!? ]]
() eaten at the space needle in Seattle
() been to the Mall of America
() been on the Eiffel tower in Paris
(32) been on the Statue of Liberty in New York [[ seriously ]]
(33) moved more than three times because you wanted to
() dined with local political figures
(34) been to both the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast

Did you:
() go to another country for your honeymoon
(35) hire a professional photographer for your wedding or party
() took riding or swimming lessons as a child
() attend private school
() have a Sweet 16 birthday party



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 12th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
17... i might as well live in afghanistan. =P
Apr. 12th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
You've earned it
K., you've worked hard and earned those monetary pleasures. Enjoy them. :)

Besides, if you think you have TOO much money, you can always go to the dentist (watch your wallet go away), give money to charity, or the like. :)

Checked your teeth recently? I'm putting mine off. Is A. still after you to do more with yours?
Apr. 12th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: You've earned it
I do need to schedule another dentist appointment. Need a full scaling (or did last year, eh), and just a check-up in general.

Good things, when you can afford them. Amy has good insurance. :) I suck at scheduling... anything. Especially appointments.
Apr. 12th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: You've earned it
I put off getting my teeth cleaned last week -- I'll do it later this month, when more checks have (hopefully) come in. The impetus to do it and not put it off is, err, gingivitis. (When your gums bleed when you brush them, that's not cool.) I've tried flossing but it hurts; maybe I can get them into shape before I need help? (Note the fallacy in that thinking.)

Scheduling I can help with. Are you interested in hearing about the virtues of Dayplanners and weekly/monthly appointment books? If you want to go non-digital and back to basics, I can assist you here. :)

(Advantages: quick, portable, can be xeroxed, cheap.)

Apr. 12th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: You've earned it
I've tried flossing but it hurts;

Floss. Daily. It hurts a lot less after a few weeks. I grew up not flossing, but have been near-religiously for about a year now.

As for scheduling--the block is more psychological than practical. :) I don't like calling places, mostly. And then committing to one thing for a given time slot over something else--not good at that. I generally just tag along with other people's plans, for things planned in advance, or work on my projects when nothing else is planned. :)
Apr. 12th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
I count...

Apr. 12th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I count...
unless I count my broken iPod Shuffle. Then its six.
Apr. 12th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I count...
If you're five, five, five, then I'm six, six, six!

Er. No, not really (That's Heretic Anthem by Slipknot, which is a lot of fun)

Such is life.
Apr. 13th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
Yes! No way can my mom call me spoiled now! I'm only 38!
Apr. 14th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting meme. 20 for me.

Though I'm amused by the "Shop at specialty or high end stores" question. We get our meat at a butcher's, our vegetables and dairy at a small market which has local produce and imported cheese, and have started getting bread at Trader Joe's. We actually started doing this back when we didn't have an income, because Safeway and Albertson's both charge twice as much.

Example: Trader Joe's wheat bread: $1.75 a loaf. Very tasty. Orowheat bread at Safeway: $4.50. Not so tasty. Heck, the guys in charge of the produce sections of Albertson's and Safeway both go to the little market we do to get their produce for their homes. In general, if it's a national chain, it's more expensive and lower quality. Yes, even Walmart, which I won't even go into anymore.
Apr. 17th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
Where do you go for Walmart-type items? I hate shopping there, but I haven't found anywhere that has better prices for staples we use.
Apr. 19th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
Depends on what you mean by "Walmart-like items." I generally go to Target for things like detergent, tissue paper, and other house supplies, and Safeway for things like Kraft Macaroni + Cheese, Instant Ramen, Poptarts, and tortillas. I would like to switch over to Costco for both of them, due to their political habits, but need to check and see how feasible that is. We mostly go to those places for the couple of packaged goods comfort foods we eat, and thus the brands are tricky.
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