Lifestyle & Culture

Money Makes You Crazy

November 10, 2017



THE ONLY LOGICAL explanation for Donald Trump’s psychotic behavior is that having lots of money drives people crazy. Trump aside, most rich folks can’t seem to figure out what to do with their money besides spend it on themselves. My jaundiced eye into this zany world is The Wall Street Journal, which we get home-delivered because it reports the straight news without any annoying slants.

In a recent WSJ I saw an ad for a pair of pajamas that cost almost $500 (top, $228, pants, $268). Now these are not sexy pajamas intended to seduce a rich man and ultimately marry him and then be rich yourself. These are ordinary striped PJ’s just like I have, and you might, too, that cost maybe 50 bucks, even less if you shop at Walmart. I mean you are wearing them in the dark, lying in a bed all night getting them crumpled and wrinkled, with nobody seeing you, or them, so WTF?

Then, in the paper’s modestly named MANSION section, I read about Candy Spelling, widow of TV producer Aaron Spelling, who lives in an 18,000-square-foot duplex penthouse condo in Los Angeles. She is 72, so I am guessing she has no kids living at home with her. Maybe she has a revolving door of young lovers, but how can one person live in such a big place, and why? Even weirder, in March of 2013 Candy sued the developers after she claimed they failed to add a restaurant to the building as promised. What, there’s no kitchen in her duplex penthouse?

These folks literally have money to burn, so why don’t they give some away to all the needy in the world? They could fly their private jets straight to Puerto Rico and drop down some food and water and medical supplies, and even a few hundred pairs of fancy pajamas.

—Andrea Rouda
Andrea Rouda blogs at The Daily Droid

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