It came to my attention today as I was blotting up a coffee spill with the Business section of the newspaper that
A) If they reduce the page size any more, it will be like reading the headlines in the small print section of my Kia contract, and
B) Rolls Royce, kiddie car of billionaires, is enjoying a boom in sales.
I’m not sure these two findings are unrelated. Lifestyles vary between the Rolls Royce set and the “I hope it keeps rolling” set. Just look up the prices and you’ll understand the difference.
While newspapers are edging us toward the “squinting is in” theory to conserve money, Rolls Royce is doling out luxury cars like concessionaires deal $10 beers at the ball park. To those of us still trying to work out a payment plan for the beer, the idea of dashing off a $400,000 check for a car, even one that has tiny overhead lights that make the roof look like a heaven of twinkling stars, would be like stuffing a gold bar into a birthday card for a niece we don’t have time to shop for. “Can’t get away; buy yourself something nice.”
At the Dubai WalMart.
I realize that there are jobs that come with more perks than mine. What would I do with dental insurance that makes it possible to collect enough teeth to eat toasted pecans, enough time off to catch the red-eye flight to Paris, white-gloved butlers who serve tea with extra lumps?
The last time I got lumps at the office, I was crammed under my desk trying to figure out which wire to jiggle so the mouse would work. Since I’m the only one there, I would get stuck up with red tape if I filed for Worker’s Comp, so I scolded myself for negligence and stuck a Band-Aid on the sore spot instead.
I’ve never figured out how to get one of those other jobs: jobs that pay dividends instead of money and come with enough compensation that you can hire someone to remember the secret password (Jeeves, what is my mother’s maiden name again?) to your Fandango account. Those are lifestyles and are referred to as something you’re into, not something you do. (He’s into stocks and bonds or investment banking.) By comparison, I’m not really into filing six months of committee reports, but I’ll be up to my agenda in paperwork if I don’t.
So it’s not likely that I’ll be pulling up to the office in a Rolls Royce Phantom any time soon. But you can bet your Silver Shadow I know how to see the twinkling stars in the sky without paying extra.
Just look up.