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Old 03-13-2006, 11:16 AM   #41
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It can be annoying to be criticized, especially if the critics are not good with their own money anyway, as the blog describes.

But if it is indeed well-meaning advice from good-hearted people that I respect and trust, then I listen, even if I do not implement the advice all the time.

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Re: Keeping up with the Joneses
Old 03-15-2006, 09:18 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by Jay_Gatsby
Being in my mid-30s and a lawyer creates an expectation on the part of colleagues and professional acquaintences to demonstrate some modicum of financial wherewithal, primarily in the form of a nice house (single-family home in the 2,000+ sq ft range) in a good neighborhood, a near-luxury sedan (Lexus, Acura, Mercedes, BMW, etc...), a well-fitting wardrobe of high-quality clothing, and weekends of entertaining colleagues at home or at higher-class restaurants. Those individuals in Washington, D.C. who I've met that don't have or do those things are looked down upon as not being as successful as those who do.
Sure makes me glad to be an engineer working in Alaska. Nobody seems to care what I wear, drive, or live. Only that I do my job. Just the way I like it. I drive a 5-year-old Mazda 4wd pickup and dress in slacks, nice running shoes (learned the hard way not to cheap out on the shoes--nothing to do with the Joneses, rather the podiatrists), and whatever extra clothes I need for the weather.

I spend the off-season at my modest house in Canada and the same clothes I work in seem to work fine in B.C. (except I do need ski clothing...).

I don't make as much as a DC lawyer, but have enough and save a lot.

in no way am I putting down anyone--to each his own as it should be

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Old 03-15-2006, 10:32 AM   #43
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Who are the Joneses, and why would I want to keep up with them... :P
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:07 PM   #44
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Re: Keeping up with the Joneses

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Who are the Joneses, and why would I want to keep up with them...* :P
Very good question. As with many things, they are figments of our imaginations and egos. My question is a little deeper.

If we're trying to keep up with the Joneses, who are the Joneses trying to keep up with?
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DW and I are such loners (read Hermits) that we are not aware of any Jones... Works for us. 8)

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