“Why “rich” rather than “comfortable”?
To me, the difference between “rich” and “comfortable” was articulated well in the recent study that found that making $75,000 a year was an important satisfaction tipping point.”
Um, the reason being that one “wants” that $75k income *without* the obligation…
“ three inches of water and gunk (mostly dirt, we think…)”
Wellll, hate to be the one to tell you, but, no, not dirt, unless you got water coming through a wall or something. Maybe a little dirt mixed in, from soil runoff into storm drains, but mostly it’s sewage.
“ Imagine your husband dying, you getting ~1–2 million from a life insurance payout and then the IRS shows up and wants 39.6% of that money.”
First, it’s never going to be 39.6% of “that money”, unless that widow already has a $400k+ income.
Regarding ‘who is this anne perkins, with no fear”, from a 1997 interview:
“I knew, though, that I wanted to be a political correspondent, and I ended up working at Westminster for BBC regional television. But I was very naive: one evening I went out to dinner with Alan Clark, who picked me up in his Rolls-Royce. Later, when…
“ In Australia, it’s a different story, … Limited space and high demand means that property values go up, rather than down.”
Until it isn’t. Australia is not magically immune to housing market cycles. It is *possible* that a given house will never go down in value, but not a given, regardless of where you buy.
The only thing separating this from a ‘trend’ piece about whiny, over-privileged, millennials, is the not mentioning (approximately 42 times) she is a millennial (and: maybe she’s not a millennial??).
“ Your dollars go a bit further in Vermont than in New Hampshire, which is the opposite of what I would have guessed”
So, you don’t know any Massholes** who decamp to NH as a “tax protest” and still work in/near the Hub?
**It’s *so* much shorter and easier to spell!
I blame the following in some order:
Vladi Putin, private email servers, the PRK’s nuke tests, whatever the heck an “aleppo” is, headphone jacks, Obama’s failure to act more like Putin and assassinate his enemies, Ryan Lochte’s lies, Pokemon Go and mayonnaise.