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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Are You Rich? -- The most I've ever made was just shy of $40,000 a year, and while I didn't think I was rich, I was able to afford a 100-mile daily round-trip commute, two monthly car payments, my half of the rent, all of the grocery money for a family of four, lunch at a restaurant every day, and hundreds of dollars in comics every month...sometimes every week. The day I bought the life-sized Alex Ross Spider-Man head bust, I think I spent about $400.00 on comics plus the bust, which I still have (and still love, I admit). I recently slipped up and admitted in front of my wife that I bought the Spidey bust, after lying to her and telling her it was a "review copy" back in the day...I was ashamed of spending that much money on something that unnecessary, and I'm glad she knows the truth now, anyway.

I bring this up because of Roger Ebert's thoughts on what makes one rich. I love how much more personal and political Ebert's writing has gotten lately.

I am far from rich these days, and far from making anywhere near $40,000, which makes me sad, because I remember reading in GQ years ago that a successful adult should be making $1,000 for each year he has been alive. In radio that is easy at age 20, nearly impossible at 42 unless you're Howard Stern or Rush Limbaugh, or at least very popular and in a big market. Of course, I might be richer if I didn't do things like spend $250.00 on a custom frame job for a Justice League lithograph, but in my defense, A) I was momentarily flush with cash, B) I was out of my mind with dental problems and anxiety and C) Come on, it's Bruce Freaking Timm.



Blogger Roger Owen Green said...

Well, if it makes you feel better, I'm not making $55K. Oh and the stock market went down 500 points today, so I'm even poorer than I was yesterday.

07 October, 2008 16:28  

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