I had an appointment at the tailor to take in some new Armani suits I picked up in Paris and Stockholm. I was in my underwear, swishing my mouthwash around my mouth, when I noticed it looked like a bad storm was coming. So I went out my back balcony to shut the hurricane shutters.
It was already getting quite breezy, and the wind blew the door shut. Not a problem because I only use the dead bolt locks in my doors, not the twist lock ones on the handles, so to never get locked out. The only issue I didn’t consider was the maid…
Who had thoughtfully locked the bottom lock the day before. Now I was standing on my balcony in my underwear, locked out with a mouth full of mouthwash. What would MacGyver do?
He would have taken the spokes off my bike and picked the lock. Couldn’t figure out how to make that work. So what would Jackie Chan do?
Well he would have scrambled over the balcony, and climbed a pipe up to the roof. And since the wind was howling, and I’m afraid of heights, that didn’t seem very attractive.
I kept looking over the balcony, hoping to see the maintenance man or a neighbor that could come up and let me in. No one in sight for ten minutes of all this. I wanted to get to the tailor, and then head down to Key West, so was getting impatient. Then led to the next question...
What would Randy Gage do?
I broke the glass, stepped inside, called my assistant to get it replaced and left. You always can use a new door anyway.
Certainly could have waited around on the balcony for another hour or two, waiting for someone to pass below and saved a chunk of cash. But as usual, I went for the immediate gratification.
Not saying that was the smartest decision. But that was the choice. Ain’t it great to be rich?
One of the things you hear a lot is that someone without money can be prosperous. Sorry, that dog don’t hunt.
Maybe you would have waited for someone to come along if you were locked out. But have you priced what your kid’s braces will cost? Seen what private school tuition is these days? Know what it costs to attend a concert? Noticed what a trip to Disneyworld costs?
Seen the price difference to buy organic produce without all the toxic chemicals? Know what the movie house gets to let you see that art house film?
Yes sunsets are still free. You can listen to the crickets chirping in the woods for nothing. But the waterside room is $80 more, and the fuel to take you to the woods is three bucks a gallon. And you don’t even want to know what new glass doors cost.
The great news is you get to choose. You can be the slum dog or the millionaire. Go for rich!