We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have liked making money since I was a kid. Still do. Finding honest and satisfying ways to make money has always been an interesting and amusing part of my life. Bird Dog asked me the very simple and direct question of why making and saving money pleases me.
- It gives me choices - It makes me feel secure and independent to have it - I can take interesting trips - I can buy toys if I want to (but being able to afford them makes me covet most things less - it's what I term the "choice effect.") - I can feed the wife's horses and dogs - I was made to work. Always thought resting was for the grave. Love working on anything, from a complex tax-dodging trust to a tractor carburetor. Compensation is the icing on the cake. - I can provide a nice environment for the family - I can educate the kids - and help with the grandkids - without taking charity or other people's hard- earned money - I can give plenty of money away for causes that matter to me - I can have fun fussing and worrying about my goofball investments - I can enjoy work more if I don't have to work, and I don't need to go into a depression when the barn needs painting or when the tractor breaks - I can buy some art that I like to look at
Yes, my wife is my slave. Poor, poor oppressed peanut! The little woman is silently waiting for me now as I sit here and openly confess my role as the brute oppressor. Men are evil. Women are smart and good and sweet and gentle. Oops! Enough fantasy role-playing... If I don't put the dog out and get to bed soon angel baby's going to be pissed.
No. You enjoy your fantasy. Women are all you say; but they are far more capricious and mercurial than any man. That's because they possess the capital of world and know it. In that regard, I suppose "the entertainment center" is fitting enough: For sure using THE to describe one's woman is in order - as in The Queen, The Goddess, The Sister of Mercy, The Inamorata, The Most Moistened Bink, The Hearth for My Plow, The Source of My Vanity, The Plucker of My Harp, The Phoenix to My Bic.... etc.
So stop using 'my' when THE is more fitting. That is, unless you revere your wife as your equal.
Excuse me , but is this the same woman who had that crack pipe dream in Dulles; telling men how to use my, and The, in describing our wives. I am so glad you survived that nightmare, especially when all the Joey Buttafuoco types were licking your ankles. Well at least you didn't go into the ladies room,and do any of that shoe tapping stuff with toilet paper stuck on your shoes.You have moxie Meta, and I like people with moxie. Ciao bella, you big Cleopatra.
PS Stay off that crack pipe. : )
" Money Is Not the "Root of Evil" or of Happiness. . .
This important subject of money and financial success is not the "root of all evil" as many have quoted—nor is it the path to happiness. So when you are able to successfully control something like the subject of money that affects most of you all day, every day, you will have accomplished something rather significant—for not only is it certain that your financial success must improve, but the evidence of that success will then prepare you for deliberate improvement in every aspect of your life experience."
... source available on request - I don't want to look like a spammer.
In other words - If you are financially successful, you will believe that you can be successful in other areas too.