OK, here is the question I pose to you today. This one kind of annoys the crap out of me as I detest hypocrisy and small mindedness. I’ve actually been on both sides of this dilemma so I speak from experience. When I wore a younger man’s clothes, let’s just say I was not a teenager, OK, I wasn’t in my early twenties either, oh heck, I was in my mid-thirties and leave it at that! In any event I had not yet attained the level of prosperity that I enjoy today yet still enjoyed my nights on the town. I didn’t drive a luxury car and wasn’t yet dining in the VIP rooms but I had a nice middle class lifestyle. When I went to dinner with a pretty girl, there was never a sarcastic remark from anyone and all seemed normal. Lets jump ahead a few years, I have now accumulated wealth and material possessions, but am proud to say the only thing that has actually changed about me is my address and the price of my belongings, the man is still the same.
So the question is…why is it when I escort a beautiful girl to dinner, the heads turn and some moron sitting at a table by the kitchen door, says in a barely audible whisper to his date, “I bet she’s bought and paid for”! I have thought about this for a while as I can see no discernable difference other than being able to afford better quality clothes and cars. Seriously, if you are a young man just out of college and you have a girlfriend who is struggling right along with you, would you not buy her gifts and take her to dinner when your finances allowed it? Of course you would, its called being a gentleman and a caring person. So why is it that because I can afford bigger and better than most, and am just as likely to try and make my girlfriend happy now as when I was younger, that I am now a dirty old man and my girlfriend, a gold digger? I still help those less fortunate than myself when ever the opportunity arises and I am in a position to help. I would like to say that those who remark without all the facts are merely jealous or brainless, but then I think better of it and realize they are neither. Such people are just not motivated to make the best out of life, they are the ones that complain about how life has dealt them difficult cards and their situation and way of life is not their fault. I used to feel sorry for such people, until I remembered that most had an easier time than I growing up and I made the most out of whatever I had to achieve my lifestyle. From time to time when I am heading out of the inlet on my boat for a weekend in the Bahamas with my lady, I think about those small-minded folks sitting and making small talk about me…but only for a moment as I would much rather enjoy the sunset and drink my martini…Isn’t life great!