Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The More You Have the Less You Do

Ever notice how the more dispensable finances you have the less you do?

Consider it:

When you’re dirt poor you wash your own car and change your own oil.
Then you get some more money and suddenly it’s the car wash and Jiffy Lube

You’re still not very well off so you make your own coffee and take leftovers for lunch.
Then you get some more money and suddenly its Starbucks and lunch out.

As the money income rises, so does your ability to do anything it seems:

Instead of mowing your lawn and trimming the bushes you hire a service to do it.

Then you have no time for family events you’re out on the town with a baby sitter at home.

Then instead of using Turbo tax you start using a tax service.

Then instead of cleaning the house you hire a maid service.

Then instead of driving you have a limousine service.

Then instead of caring for your children you have a full-time nanny.

Then instead of cooking you always eat out or have staff to prepare it.

Then instead of thinking about money you have an accountant.

Then instead of worrying you have a personal law firm and lawyer.

Then instead of the hassle of the airports and time schedules you simply charter your private plane.

Then you have an entourage of people surrounding you with security, advice, entertainment and anything else they can do to help you avoid doing anything.

If people didn’t die, this process would end up just like the Star Trek episode where the people are nothing but brains…

So how brainy are you on the scale?

53 comments:

lime said...

hahahaha, put me down for the poverty stricken and mentally challenged. i use jiffy lube but i haven't evolved to any of those other surrogate services.

Mrsupole said...

Sadly, or maybe not, I qualify for about half of what you have written. And funny that you post this, I now have to send my check to the gardeners and last week hubby had to take both vehicles in to get the oil changed. I still gotta call my tax person. I better hurry. Maybe my lawyer will help me with this one. I did cook last night, well sorta, made cookies from the container at Costco. At least I baked them and turned the oven on.

And I have to say that everything you have written here is so true, so true.

Oh and hubby bought me my new smoker today. Bigger than my old one which now he has to fix up to give away. Just trying to do my best to keep this economy running, you know with us carrying the economy of the world on our shoulders. Oh and he bartered and got 30 dollars off. I am so proud of him. He called me and I talked him through the process. I have to pat him on the back for doing such a good job. I think he bought it for me cause I actually got up and make him breakfast, and all in an Ambien stupor. Isn't life grand?

God bless.

Oh and I just posted something for you and others. Not a meme, not even something you have to pass on. Just something for free.

Jacki said...

Ummm....we technically have the money to do some of those things, but not matter how much money we made, I would still pack my own lunch and do my own cooking, and yard work....and make our own coffee...

I just can't be lazy.

The Incredible Woody said...

It's sad when a person with a degree in accounting (me) hires someone else with an accounting degree to do her taxes.

Next stop maid service!

Jacki said...

So does that leave me mentally challenged? I thought it would have the opposite affect...the less you do on your own, the more stupid you become. Because you aren't activating all those neurons and synapses in your brain. We smart people know how to save money.

Beth said...

Brilliant. Spot on.

Not so "brainy" here - a little more hands on.

cathouse teri said...

Made me laugh. :)

VE said...

lime - Well good for you! And changing your own oil is medieval. It would be like cutting up lettuce now that you can buy it all cut up...

mrsupole - I'll head on over and check that out. I hope your smoker works out...with all the smoking restrictions its hard to find a smoker these days! ;)

jacki - You're moving...you'll be anything BUT lazy! ;)

incredible woody - I felt weird having somebody else do my taxes this year for the first time. But I got over it...

jacki - I'm sorry...one thought provoking tip per post! No, actually it gives you the rest and time to devote toward thinking about your next great idea or something. Now me...yeah, I'd be a slug mentally...

VE said...

beth - Alas, it's ok. You can always invite your hot mechanic over to change the oil. I've read about your handy guys you seem to hire on occasion! ;)

teri - Good! Then I've done my job. Oh wait...I don't work...

Chris Wood said...

Well, I have a staff of 500 to pick up my socks, tell me how great my ideas are and procure any merest whims I might have.

Oh wait, no I don't. Damn!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I wish so much we had a maid service, however we're still kinda at the make you own coffee and take left overs to work level.

VE said...

chris - I'll send over some gnomes. They won't do anything for you but you'll feel better in thinking they might...

elizabeth - And with this economy, there are many even below that!

Candie Bracci said...

Ha!Great post and true.
well let's see..
I don't have a garden nor a car.
Cooking:me(with an exception or two)
cleaning:me
An accountant?Ah that was a really funny one!
A fulltime nanny:no way!
A limousine:cliché!
Ah..you are fantastic thank you VE!
Have a great day
:)

Nessa said...

I share one brain with seven people and a cat. I'm really poor.

Carla said...

So is that really how the other half lives? Wow!

Quirkyloon said...

I am a zombie!

Those brains look deelish.

Can I have some? To go, please.

Ha!

Gladys said...

Why are the brains different colors? is the Red brain smarter therefore richer than the yellow and brown brains?

My brain is in the jar on the shelve marked "Abby" You know Abby Normal :)

moooooog35 said...

I'm too smart to answer that question.

Baino said...

Doh, I'm dumb as dogsh*t

VE said...

candie - Sounds like you need an accountant that cooks and cleans!

nessa - Mental timeshare? You got sucked into their sales push, didn't you?

carla - Oh yes, if Rockefeller were alive today he'd be one of those brain things...

quirky - Ha! You goof! All people who work or parent have some zombie like life characteristics...

gladys - I suspect it is their way of reflecting fall with the colors of Autumn...

moooooog35 - I'll ask your answer boy...

baino - Bummer. You should steal from the rich then...they'll never know; they don't do anything for themselves.

Megan said...

I dispense all my finances on a regular basis.

Kurt said...

The nanny washes our cars.

Sarah said...

Well we still wash our own cars and make our own lunches so I guess we haven't hit the bigtime yet! :)
Eeecck have not seen that Star Trek episode with the brains!

Quickroute said...

Saw that episode and loved it!
that just don't make tv like that anymore ;-(

MJ said...

Definitely at the bottom of the list. Still make most of my meals and change my own oil.

ReformingGeek said...

I like to cook and work in the yard although sometimes it would be nice to have a high school kid come and mow it. Got one?

I don't change my own oil.

I clean my own house.....occasionally.

Fun post.

Mike said...

Daaarrrghhhhhhh...

That brainy.

Angry Max said...

I dunno. I'm pretty goddamned poor and I still don't do shit.

freetheunicorns said...

I'm actually Stephen Hawking's brain.

Jaime said...

love your stupid thought of the day. so true

VE said...

megan - Keeps things simple, huh?

kurt - I'll bet the nanny washes more than that!

sarah - What? Not seen all the original Star Trek episodes? You need to sit down right now and go through them all. Ridiculous!!!

quickroute - They really don't!

mj - Better than making your own oil and changing your meals...

reforminggeek - Maybe you should cook in the yard...that's what the BBQ is for!

mike - That pretty much sums it up for me! ;)

angry max - Patent it!

freetheunicorns - He's gonna need it back for Dancing with the Stars you realize...

jaime - Oh my God...somebody reads those? ;)

The Self-Deprechaun said...

What you speak is the truth. Although when it becomes really penny pinching times, I actually start go working at the jiffy lube and changes oil for mula.

Serena said...

I'm pretty hands-on so I guess that puts me near the bottom of the scale.

VE said...

self-deprechaun - Now that's an interesting twist on the list!

serena - You obviously need more servants!

Dalton J. Fox said...

I though full-time nannies are supposed to be for extramarital affairs, not taking care of the children. Ditto on the maid.

Seriously, I think I'd still do most of this stuff the same way regardless of my money situation.

Ronda Laveen said...

I need to hire a massage therapist to give me a massage but I am one. Is that the same thing?

VE said...

dalton - Good...because my oil needs changing!

ronda - No, it's a little hard to give yourself a massage...

Wow said...

All the world's wealth boils down to three brains?

VE said...

wow - It's always three...never more, never less

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

There's not much upstairs to brag about. If I were only a brain I'd have no substance.

BTW, three is a perfect balance. In art things should always be shown in an odd number, so I'm told.

VE said...

Art things? Odd? Never!

Holly Jolly said...

Great Thoughts!!! Thanks!!!

VE said...

holly jolly - Thanks. As with all lists like this there are an many exceptions; hard-working rich people or lazy poor people or anything in between...

Dalton J. Fox said...

Okay, I guess I need to make it clear that my "same way" to get the oil changed is to get someone else to do it. lol.

VE said...

Dalton - Me too...and I really don't mind you doing it! ;)

Janna said...

I'm dirt poor but have no clue how to change my own oil. I can't remember how to change a tire, bake a cake, mow a lawn, balance a checkbook, or make it through an airport.

I do think farts are funny, though, so hopefully that counts for something.

VE said...

janna - That always counts!

Dee said...

how true,

I've done the maid service, eating out, and just recently had some one come and clean my yard, you know prepare the beds for me to plant in. lol

VE said...

dee - When I was married before we'd have somebody come and do the big spring and fall cleaning because we had a lot of flower/bush beds around that property and it was a lot of work!

Maureen said...

I'm so brainy I'm going to hire someone to answer this question for me.

VE said...

maureen - That's the best comment yet!

leelee said...

I really dig cap'ns bondage outfits!

rrrrowl!

HUGS!

VE said...

leelee - Ha! Did you know it shocks him when he's not performing to your expectations? I see millions of dollars in taking that idea to market...