The guy on TV was zipping along in his Caddy. "Life is high school, with money," he said. Now that got my attention.
Yes, in a way he's right. But that isn't going to make me want a Cadillac today. A big wad of money back in the '70s would have made for great fun. But today? Hey, I'm trying to de-accumulate by cleaning out years of clutter stacked along our basement walls. The thrill just isn't the same.
If I'd had the loot back in high school, here's how I would have spent it (below). Even if it took every last dime. A Lake Lotawana friend had a Karmann Ghia just like this one. I drove it. And for some reason, it made me feel like Grace Slick.
While most of us are focused on spending smart these days with the economy doldrums and price of gas, there are still those who are flinging money around like beads from a Mardi Gras float. Not that real estate is ever a bad deal, but $25 million for a Manhattan condo? $300,000 for a Bentley? Or the $1 million Simon Cowell allegedly plunked down for his new ride? Maybe it's my solid Midwestern common sense background, but I am super, super happy with our 3-bedroom ranch and even more tickled that we had the nerve to remove the kitchen and dining room walls in the plan so that we can all hang out in one gigantic room. And really, my black Honda Civic is super cool and quite comfortable for cruising anywhere I want to go. Hooray for regular life!
Michael Flatley wasn't there (darn!) but we were in the audience and loved every minute of the Riverdance performance at Aurora's Paramount Theater last Saturday. Incredible dancing and music with a thematic approach that interweaves some social commentary, it was so much more than I had imagined. Great idea, Jeanne and Mike!
Fee Faw and Sue have seen both Riverdance and Lord of the Dance before. Jeanne, Mike and I were newbies.
The Paramount Theatre opened September 3, 1931. Designed by nationally renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, the now restored building captures a unique Venetian setting portrayed in the art deco influence of the 1930s. It was the first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago.