Hahahhahaa…. that’s what I was just told at Auto Zone today! I went in to pick up some WD-40 (the ol’ Caddy is getting a little squeaky in it’s old age) and the cashier told me “it must be nice” when I whipped out my money clip to pay.
“Huh? What must be nice?” I retorted back.
“Having all them credit cards! It must be nice to be rich!”
“HAH! How do you know they’re not maxed out?” I laughably responded
“I dunno. Just figured you were a baller!”
Well you don’t hear that every day, haha… and I’ll take it! ;) Haven’t been called a baller, well, since never… though it really puzzles me how the heck he can get me being rich from holding credit cards? Doesn’t it seem that I’m in a lot of debt instead? It’s not like I flashed any Black Cards around or anything, they were just my usual personal credit cards and my business Amex (maybe he focused on that one? It IS pretty sexy looking ;)). Or maybe he saw a few $20 bills in my clip and his brain put that together w/ the plastic cards to come up with the idea I was wealthy? Either way, it shocked me into a stupor. Which I loved :) It takes a lot to stop me in my tracks now when it comes to money stuff, I’m getting so used to it.
It also makes me wonder what other things our brains conjure up about those who are “rich?” I know the fancy cars and houses does the trick – even though we all know that that is CERTAINLY not always the case (*Ahem* The Millionaire Next Door) – but I wonder if things like the way someone walks or uses makeup or something throws up the rich flags too? I remember once seeing this dude strut down the streets in nothing but jeans and a white tee, but his swagger was so strong that I remember thinking he was doing alright in ALL departments. And his bling necklace probably helped me sway that direction too ;) But I also think some people just come off rich purely based on LOOKS. Which is awesome for them! Even though you can’t really control what God gave you, haha… (well, you can, but that’s a whole other discussion)
I also remember once, when I was young, visiting my cousins in Cali one year and this “bum” asking me for the time before he got into his car and putted off. I didn’t think much of it really cuz I was only like 15 and hardly watched anything outside of cartoons, but I remember my aunt coming out and saying “OMG do you know who that was? It’s Mickey Rooney!” who I later found used to be a famous actor. Or maybe still is? I dunno. But either way he was apparently rich and famous but I was just afraid of talking to weird strangers ;) Who did NOT look rich and famous, haha…
Anyways, it’s all fascinating how easy it is for us to assume someone’s well off or not especially since it has nothing to do with our own situation. Unless you’re gonna approach them with the intent of getting advice or tips, it shouldn’t matter whether someone’s rich or not, right? Even though I know it still interests us cuz we’re all weird human beings like that :)
Do any of you have interesting experiences with the rich, or “pretend” rich? Did it help put things in perspective, or did it not really matter either way? I think the Auto Zone may have a new big fan going forward… Whenever I’m doubting myself I may have to stroll up and flash my pretty little cards again to keep up w/ my new status ;) It feels good to be The King every now and then!
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!