This morning I saw a joke about $81,000. I thought, that’s a lot of cash to have. What I could do with $80k! Then I considered all the years that I’ve made over $80,000 and how it seems like such a piddling amount when considered as an income. I realized that there is such a difference between having money as savings or as income. Everybody has dibs on your income. The IRS, the grocery store, your landlord or mortgage bank, etc. All the people and institutions who depend on your income stream. Unlike the old theory of trickle down economics, it doesn’t run downhill but all that cash runs up hill into the hands of the top 1%. The people who actually don’t work for a living. The guys who lend you money when you run out. Ah savings.
Oh and the joke:
When Bill and Hillary first got married Bill said, “I put a box under the bed.
Promise me you will never to look in it.”
In all their 30 years of marriage, Hillary never looked.
On the afternoon of their 30th anniversary, curiosity got the best of her and she lifted the lid and peeked inside. In it were 3 empty beer cans and $81,874.25 in cash. She closed the box and put it back under the bed. Now that she knew what was in the box, she was doubly curious as to why there was such a box and with those contents. That evening, they were out for a special anniversary dinner. After dinner, Hillary could no longer contain her curiosity and she confessed, saying, I’m so sorry, Bill. For all these years, I kept my promise and never looked into the box under our bed. However, today the temptation was too much and I gave in. But now I need to know, why do you keep the 3 beer cans in the box?
Bill thought for a while and said, “I guess after all these years you deserve to know the truth. Whenever I was unfaithful to you, I put an empty beer can in the box under the bed to remind myself not to do it again. Hillary was shocked, but thought, “Hmmm, Jennifer, Paula and Monica. And since I know he is addicted to sex, three times is not too bad.”
She then said,OK Bill, I guess I can forgive you. Bill thanked her for being so understanding. They hugged and made their peace.
A little while later Hillary asked Bill, “I forgot to ask. So why do you have all that money in the same box?” He answered, “Well, whenever the box filled up with empty cans, I took them to the recycling center.”