NOTE: Retirement can be a lot of things. For me, at this moment in my life, it’s largely enjoyable and even downright fun. There’s nothing negative except the wear and tear that all things old normally brings. Nothing else. And this blog is an attempt to comment on that nothing and that something that exists in retirement. And, of course, also the fun. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it.
I was channel surfing the other day, although the term channel surfing is sort of ridiculous these days in the world of 200+ channels, and I landed on a show titled “The Filthy Rich Guide.”
Looking it up online, the description of the show reads: “A fast-paced guide to how the .00001 percent spend their money…Each half-hour spotlights lavish parties, expensive electronics, outrageous mansions, private islands. Billionaires featured include entrepreneur Charles Shaker, who had a $500,000 bar tab in Monte Carlo; business magnate Mukesh Ambani, whose house — valued at $1 billion — may be the world’s largest; and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who bought a Hawaiian island for nearly $500 million.”
Everyone on the show is a billionaire and each person never seems to spend a dime on worthy causes. It is about the extravagant extravagances of the richest of the rich.
And as I watched two 30-minute episodes I found myself humbled and a bit self-conscious. The men and women on these shows were only moderately excited about a $250,000 car or a diamond-encrusted watch worth a million dollars.
And here I was, on that very day, extremely excited that I had finally purchased a new $9.99 pack of adhesive cable clips.
But I guess in retirement it’s more important to keep my electronic device cords organized than it is to take my wife to dinner on the French Riviera for an evening and then fly on to spend the night in Paris.