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Old 07-18-2016, 07:13 PM   #201
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6. Be replaceable by something much cheaper

I used to work in NYC and there were bags with the conspicuous "LV" label for sale on every corner! Right next to the "Rollex" watches. ;-)
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Old 07-18-2016, 07:37 PM   #202
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If bling is paying for and flashing an expensive Rolex, then negative bling must be finding out your expensive Rolex is actually a knock off.
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Clearly I'm not a bling guy... But fake bling - sweet Moses never! What could be so sad as resorting to the fake Cartier watch.


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Clearly I'm not a bling guy... But fake bling - sweet Moses never! What could be so sad as resorting to the fake Cartier watch.
To me, it would be preferable. Then I wouldn't worry about it getting lost or stolen.
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:21 AM   #205
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Clearly I'm not a bling guy... But fake bling - sweet Moses never! What could be so sad as resorting to the fake Cartier watch.


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Agree. Buying fake "bling" confirms the fact that you are trying to impress others, rather than buying it for yourself. No excuse for this in my view. If you are going to be a shallow, slave to style, insecure, spendthrift, surely you should at least pay the price?
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:21 AM   #206
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To me, it would be preferable. Then I wouldn't worry about it getting lost or stolen.
My watch, being a poor copy of a knock-off of a fake, isn't likely to be stolen anyway.
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Clearly I'm not a bling guy... But fake bling - sweet Moses never! What could be so sad as resorting to the fake Cartier watch.


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lol, this is me, except for the guy part. I like my bling, don't know what "chase" it means and I do wonder who er people hang out with.

It maybe that my friends and sibling are over 55. lol I don''t know one person who buys anything to " impress" anyone. Every piece of bling I have I got for one reason, I liked it.
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I am thinking about the last statement. Most of us have a regular home, and I wonder if tiny home dwellers think of our homes as blings...
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lol, I think they definitely do.

Case in point. My sister and her husband. 2 retired NYC cops (great pensions) a couple of NYC apartments bring in extra income. when they retired they purchased a 9,000 square foot home right outside of West Point in Upstate NY. they have no kids and also hate to travel. NW, you should see this back yard. it would put some hotel spa's to shame.

Here's the thing, they take so much flak from people. stuff like "why do they need all that space, no kids" and "I can't believe they took out a million dollar mortgage after retirement", on and on.

they love their house, it brings them way more joy than traveling done (brings me joy too, lol they host some serious parties). yet they get all kinds of criticism...
My wife and I both like to travel, yet when we are not we are really homebound people. We can stay put for a week or two without feeling the need to leave home. So, the home must be comfortable for us. I often joked here about living in a cute tiny home, but the truth is that it would drive me nuts without enough space for my toys (I have many hobbies). No, not 9000 sq.ft., but 2000-3000 sq.ft. will do, like my two present homes, along with a workshop or garage.

Anyway, if I suddenly become a decamillionaire, the first thing I get would be a waterfront home on Bainbridge Island. People will not call it a bling, because they do not get invited to it. It's for my personal enjoyment and people can just keep off my deck.

By the way, people may not know but in Washington State or at least around the Puget Sound, the property line extends out to the water to the lowest tide level. So, it's my beach, and people'd better stay off it too!
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A view I personally agree with regarding the futility of spending to acquire happiness:

Acquiring Wisdom — Jonathan Clements

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Our belief that happiness can be bought at the shopping mall seems to fade as we grow older.
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By the time we reach our 40s and 50s, we’ve had many decades of eager spending and subsequent dissatisfaction—and the lesson has finally been hammered home. Instead, when we spend, we’re less focused on possessions and more on experiences—travel, concerts, dinner out with friends—which research suggests are far more likely to boost our happiness.
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A view I personally agree with regarding the futility of spending to acquire happiness:

Acquiring Wisdom — Jonathan Clements
Agree with your sentiment, but experiences can be expensive too. Some expensive experiences could be viewed as "Bling" I suppose?
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I personally don't "bling" anything. The thought is distasteful to me. An outstanding book on what people are really doing when they make choices (including spending) is this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Inf.../dp/1476759693

According to the book, for example, spending is a very inefficient way to "signal" to other people that you're worthwhile, and they don't really pay attention to your spending anyway (they're looking for something else).
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Books? BOOKS? What could be more pretentious, and 'superiority' flaunting, than indicating to people that you are in a position where you're able to read a book?
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Books? BOOKS? What could be more pretentious, and 'superiority' flaunting, than indicating to people that you are in a position where you're able to read a book?
Agreed! If it's one thing a retiree can flaunt it's having time!
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I liked my Burberry eye glass frames. Now have Mark Ecco frames as Costco doesn't carry Burberry.

Shoes are SAS, but that was from being told I must by the podiatrist. I do find women avoid men with cheap or crappy shoes.

My good clothes come from JC Penny so I doubt that counts.

My only jewelry is a titanium Fluer di Lis pinky ring DD bought to match the titanium pins in my ankle that year. I only wear it to the horse track for luck.

I did notice while waiting for someone at the casino bar that the guys wearing gold chains were attracting more gals than those with no bling on. Might need to pick one up at the pawn shop and lease that Porsche to attract that wrong woman....
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I did notice while waiting for someone at the casino bar that the guys wearing gold chains were attracting more gals than those with no bling on.
Yabbut, were those girls working?
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I did notice while waiting for someone at the casino bar that the guys wearing gold chains were attracting more gals than those with no bling on.
My Ex was heavily into deep-sea fishing off the coast of NJ. He had a favorite ship/captain he'd use for the day. Once he was on the deck and a couple of women in bikinis came up and said, "Oooh, is this your boat?" The Ex admitted it was only a charter. The women wandered off.
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At least then you'd know the rules of engagement, and the cost...
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Bling? At 180 degrees.

heh heh heh - I still choke when I see 'designer jeans' with ? holes and wear spots from the factory.
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I still choke when I see 'designer jeans' with ? holes and wear spots from the factory.
The reasoning behind that completely escapes me too.
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