The Psychology of Money...

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Ripe & Ready, Fast & Heady, he ran for his life ... but life had moved on...

 

I know a lot of folks are feeling the crunch.  I'm not just talking about the infamous 'Credit Crunch' ... I'm talking a true financial crunch.  I spent $30.00 this morning making sure I had a half a tank of gas.  That's something to say when I drive a beat up Cutlass Sierra.  That's the one thing about cars and me, I'll buy them in cash and drive them until they are a rusted shell of their former self.  That's one thing I don't waste money on.

I wish I could tell you wages are going up, taxes are going down, Health Care will be one less of a worry, gas prices would be remotely reasonable anytime soon, and the Chicago Cubs will be winning the World Series this year.  I can't though.  What I can do is share a phrase that I loved from the moment I heard it.  You may be surprised to learn that phrase came from one of those fake phony mindless Professional Wrestler Types.

I've wined and dined with Kings & Queens, slept in alleys eating pork & beans.

'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes said that.  Ironic, since a version of that very 'American Dream' is under more scrutiny than Barack Obama attending a right wing dinner party. 

I took two things from that highlighted statement above; I've been there, I've done that.  I've sipped the finest Red Wines and went to bed in the coldest of confines ... awaking in each case to the knowledge that I have to Adapt or Die!

Money is an interesting thing.  When you really think about it, the concept is so meaningless, yet it substantiates our existence and helps to challenge the very existence we constantly try to substantiate.  Here a piece of paper, there a coin, let's be honest about one thing under the scope of it all.  I don't much care what you believe happens after you leave this earth (in the physical, old-age, aspect at least), because 'that thing called Money' is something you probably can't take to the grave ... or next adventure.

Money is vital though, it allows me to smoke a cigarette, drink a beer, type some words, live under a roof, and play 'hide the pinky with Politicians everywhere.'  Money may well be the so-called 'Root', yet we are the ground it grows from.  One may ask, "Yo, Sardi, can you think of a better way if this money thing is such a problem of human kind?"   My answer, "Not right now."  We are stuck with it, it's damn time to make it work.  There's no better time for that than when it is in its most curious state...the psychological one!

Money is one less thing to worry about.  At the end of the day, with my conscious clear and free, I'm not thinking about how I'm going to pay my next utility bill, I'm thinking about how my existence will make ME and those around ME ... happy, or at least better off for knowing me.

Money is a short-cut to thinking. 

Yup, I'm ripe and I'm ready.  I just want to make sure I'm fast and heady ... I don't want life to move on, I want to move life.  Whether I'm dining with Kings & Queens or sleeping in strange alleys eating pork and beans, or sailing clouds and golden streams ... there's a method to this madness. 

Give a stranger a hundred dollar bill and witness how fast they leave their feet in joy.  Especially if they are poor ... even though by receiving it they may be that much poorer...

Adapt or Die!

J.M.S.

 

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Terry Rasner-Yacenda
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Hi Jason -- I asked someone to read this (not my hubby, Dr. John), and do you believe this, she said, "The guy smokes!"  Just goes to show you what catches another's attention.  Thoughtful and fun piece of Sard(i)onic wit.

May 21, 2008 03:43 PM #81
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Jennifer Duchene
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Jason you have a way with words and I guess the beer makes you ponder lifes peculiarities. Cos its certainly queer that man who stands up straight, physically anyway, has this obsession with items in his possesion. and the green stuff, it stinks but its so sweet - how can we live with it how can we survive without it. Just love the saying about dining with royalty and eating pork and beans - its a well travelled stomach. and I agree a car is a hunk of metal to get you from point a to point b but silver - thats another sign of legendary money - cross my palm.

You can write and you can dance; well anyway I know you have tasted good food and bad and drank beer. & you can write  -  I enjoyed the post. Dont stop

May 21, 2008 05:33 PM #82
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Jason,

By the way...when I look at your new photo from a distance..it looks like your giving someone the finger with your phone..is that a message?:)

May 22, 2008 12:15 AM #83
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I must say I've enjoyed reading through this thread:-)

Geary - If you can find that pic and the poem I wrote along with it, be my guest!

Neal - Yup, imagine a post being inspired by a Pro Grappler:-)

Russ - True that!

Joan - Sounds like a very interesting workshop, I'd be very interested in something like that.

Suzanne - Thank you!

TLW - Does this mean you'll up my allowance;-)

Jennifer - Nobody can rationlize to me what's going on with fuel prices ... another reason I drive as little as feasible.

Tom - Thank you Sir, have a great weekend!

Barbara - Interesting take, you have a point.

Diane - That is an understatement, WE all need to collectively do more.

Gita - That it can't.  It has been written and proved on several occassions. 

Mike - I can't wait one day to sit down and have the 'Good Stuff' with you:-)

Alan - As much as I'd like to joke about you writing for the Sci Fi Network, you are probably more right than most would think.

Kathy - So you wouldn't pay, eh?  Damn, I'm going to have to step it up a notch:-)

Cynthia - Excellent quote, never heard that one before.  Can a brother have a cool grand;-)

Marilyn - You are right there as well.

Stuart - Remember little old me:-)

Wayne - I'm fixing to have me an undefeated season:-)

Thank you Terry!  Perhaps I'll quit smoking ... eventually.

Jennifer - Interesting perspective, looks like you have a creative side as well!

Neal - Here's to you kid:-)

 

 

May 22, 2008 03:53 AM #84
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Jason, Loved this post. 

Money is vital though, it allows me to smoke a cigarette, drink a beer, type some words, live under a roof, and play 'hide the pinky with Politicians everywhere.'  Money may well be the so-called 'Root', yet we are the ground it grows from. 

This is so true!

May 22, 2008 11:06 AM #85
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Money can be used to help people in many ways other than self greed, and I like having it more than not!!

 

May 22, 2008 11:11 AM #86
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Thanks Judi, have a great weekend!

Bill - I, like many, would agree...

May 23, 2008 02:17 AM #87
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Money just makes you more of what you already are. If you are an ass, you will be a rich ass. If you are kind, you will be rich and kinder

May 23, 2008 06:39 PM #88
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Brett - I wish I could agree with you, I really do.  Yet, money changes some folks ... for the worse.  I understand your premise though....

May 23, 2008 08:21 PM #89
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"You're dead for a real long time, you just can't prevent it
   So if money can't buy happiness, I guess I'll have to rent it."
                                 -"This is the Life", Wierd Al Yankovic

Great post, my friend. I'm late to the party. Your line about giving someone $100 bucks is brilliant. The last two lines are close second.

I love that Bryant brought up Wesley. That guy kicks theological ass (C). (yes I just copyrighted that phrase. You need to do that once in a while.)

60% of the people on this planet struggle to live on less than $2/day.

May 24, 2008 06:37 AM #90
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Joey - I've GOT to read up on Wesley and I will.  Struck my curiousity quite a bit.  And you just had to throw a 'Yankovic' reference in, didn't you?  Heck, in hindsight, this wouldn't of been a post without it:-)

May 24, 2008 10:07 AM #91
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May 24, 2008 03:38 PM #92
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:-)

May 24, 2008 03:40 PM #93
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Well said my friend! I've certainly adapted and lucky for me I did it before I had to and survived while others couldn't. For the record, I'm with you on the car thing...I drive a 1994 Jeep that is coming up on 200,000 miles and I see another one in my future!

May 25, 2008 05:22 PM #94
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Keep in mind that in real estate we have made 3% commission now we have additional expenes ie cell phones, fax, lap tops, air cards, web site hosting, we make less money vs. years ago, however the price we pay for technology however we should have a increase in our commissions. OF course that will never happen.

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May 26, 2008 03:10 AM #95
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Todd - Ahhhh, I'm hoping to hit the 200,000 mile marker myself.  Not all of mine, but I really need to turn that thing into a 'Beater'.

Lynn - Commission increases/decreases/stabilty in all facets of the Real Estate Industry are another post all together.  From the Mortgage side of things, I'll be doing another post (did one awhile back) on that very subject. 

 

May 26, 2008 07:49 AM #96
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Hi Jason - We're feeling it here too.  Wow!  How far can the money go?  We watch every penny we spend now.  We live in Absarokee, Montana and everyone here are going back to the bases.  Like what?  Horse!  It cheaper then gas.  I love your post!  Thank you for sharing this post. 

May 29, 2008 02:56 AM #97
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Cheryl - Montana?!!?  I hear it beautiful in that area.  Horseback may be an alternative option, it could be the only thing to keep this economy stable:-)  Ok, bad joke:-(

May 29, 2008 03:01 AM #98
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Great post - I have recently read one of the best books I have seen on money. If it hasn't been already mentioned, "Your Money or Your Life" by Joe Dominiquez offers good values based financial wisdom, along with a thorough assessment of psychological and cultural issues realated to money.

Ron

May 29, 2008 11:05 AM #99
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Ron - I'll have to check that out, it sounds very interesting.  Thank you for giving the heads up on that one.  One thing I've been harping on for awhile now is Education about Finances ... from an early age, both in our schools and at home.  It's funny, I didn't give a rat's beady behind about Money until the age of 26 and then said to myself, "I might as well learn about this tool that is part of the backbone in the Society in which we live."  I've come far, yet have much growing to do myself.

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