After some 20+ years of Florida living I'm finally getting the hang of enjoying what we came here for! The beach...especially the beach at sunset...that's BEFORE the no see ems' decend on you with their flying bi~cuspids! Those little babies are vicious! They can give you a bite that makes you remember the bad experience for days! I smother them with clear nail polish.
Last night we went to Coconut Jacks and I had peel and eat shrimp and a cup of Manhattan Clam Chowder. We met our friends Richard and Debby. Richard is my hubs all time best friend from school, college and the fire department back in Iowa. You know firemen...bonded for life.
Debby is his wife of almost five years. She is a nice enough person, but certainly very different than anyone I've ever known before.
She was left quite well off from the sale of a garbage business in a divorce that left her tons of money and she has a good head for business so she's invested it and done well even on her own.
Here's the deal...people with money..even money that they might never have come up with on their own accord are different than people like the hubs and I.
We started out with zip and were totally self made, had plenty of money that we thought would just continue to roll in forever.. went through rough business times and made some stupid trusting business investments with unscrupulous people and ultimately lost our shirts.
I say easy come, easy go...but obviously being well off is a goal that I am working hard to get back to.
I'd also say a buck off the high falutin' money horse just makes you a bigger and absolutely wealthier human because you have learned what it is to have compassion for others. Deb has a lot to learn in compassion school.
Not to say that there aren't wealthy people out there that are good humanitarians...but most of them ALWAYS have an eye on the tax write offs for that gallantry. Been there..seen it.
Once you've realized that the world really DOESN'T revolve around you and your wants and needs you can get out of your own way and start looking around at the dismal mess of the world we live in and start reaching out your hand in the intent to help others.
Soooo last night on the beach I was telling Debby about a friend of mine that had told me that things might get really rough for the stock market and our economy in general 6/21/13.
I'm not an alarmist..but I do pay attention to smart people when they tell me things that could make a difference in my life and the life of our business.
June 21st marks the end of the 40 year petro~dollar deal that President Nixon made with the then Prince of Saudi Arabia to offer U.S. intervention if necessary to protect their oil fields from Russia and China if they should ever attempt to exploit them. This was in exchange for the agreement that they only accept ANY monies for the sales of his oil in U.S. dollars.
That made all the other countries scramble to sell goods cheap to the United States to gain U.S. dollars to put in their coffers to purchase their most prized and necessary commodity...oil. We got goods from all over the world as Americans benefiting from this deal dirt cheap.
But..according to this VERY smart friend June 21st will kiss that sweet deal goodbye and our good ole US dollar will lose tremendous value as other countries are now able to purchase their oil in their own currencies. If they no longer need our dollars they will bypass us in their oil purchases and hike up the price of their imports.
I don't claim to know the whole in's and outs of this scenario I was just making idel conversation about how I was actually happy we didn't have big money in the stock market because it suddenly could tank and tank big time.
Oooppss struck a nerve with Deb who gets out of bed, pees and plunks herself down in front of her computer to do her 'stock portfolio' first thing. That's BEFORE coffee, before shower, before getting dressed.
She is quite pleased that the market seems to be doing better now and of course I'm pleased for her.
Now WHY didn't I remember this? I know her routine from when we've stayed with them on vacations back to Iowa? DUH!
We might not get invited back again...she really got offended over this little nugget of information I shared. I mean offended WAY out of whack!
Deb said..."Wow aren't YOU a Debby Downer..I prefer to see the glass half full."
So to volley back at me...she started in on the cracker house that I've been so enthralled with as of late. Wouldn't you know it...they were the one couple that I told about the house...mostly because I don't really have many topics of conversation with Deb and I was super excited about the house that we had just seen that day.
I DO know better...it's just wise to keep any dreams and hopes under the cuff with ANY of our fleshie friends....even in spite of the fact that we've known most of them for 20+ years. They are all quite well off and just don't GET the little guys struggles or views of the world.
The conversation was..."well I have the money that I could just buy that house outright...but I'd never take the deal you are offering. It just isn't enough money down and the payments monthly are no where NEAR enough on a monthly basis! Why would anyone do that? They just want to sell it outright and get their investment back and move on. Why would they ever give anyone a 5 year balloon when they could go in and trash the place?"
that was an 'in your face' blaster~roo! This sunset scene wasn't nearly the calming evening I had earlier had in mind!
I said.."Well...the house is overpriced for the area..they over improved it...its been on the market for almost a year..and actually I think they are getting the sweeter end of the deal with the amount of $$ we would put forward and an entire year of payments paid up front. Their percentage of interest paid would be a WHOLE lot better than any bank or your sweet stock market.. for that matter.. would ever return.
Sorry..but when someone lets me have it between the eyes..I can't curb my sarcasm....they get it back...no matter WHO they are.
"AND...I truly doubt that business owners with over 30 years in the community would ever be the one's to trash a place. Have you had bad luck in the past with renters?"
I was thinking...or have YOU trashed a place and that's why this is the first thing that pops in your head! Just sayin'...
Oh boy..things got quiet from that point forward. As I say..Deb is different than any type of gal friend I've ever had and the only reason that we have any relationship is because of the hubs.
It was an interesting and somewhat uncomfortable evening.
And...I leave with DEBBY DOWNER...take a look in the mirror! Geeze oh Pete..aggravated I am!
Thank goodness I had that peel and eat shrimp as dinner BEFORE this silly conversation it might have been a whole lot unhealthier later on!