Today's big breaking news: The Jonas Brothers are splitting up. I wonder if I should wear shorts or jeans today? Oh, look....a bunny.
While I don't have a horse in this race....I'm not Catholic....I must say I really like their new Pope, Francis. Here he is, one of the most powerful men in the world, yet he eschews all the trappings of royalty available to him. He passed on the opulent living quarters previous Pope's have enjoyed, the Wizard of Oz red shoes, the fancy gold bobbles, etc. He just seems like a genuinely nice guy, the kind of pal you'd like to have over to share a few (blessed) beers and maybe watch some college football on a Saturday afternoon.
I'm rarely if ever impressed by Bling. Back in my airshow days when a rich pilot would fly in his million dollar P-51 or similar and we'd get him safely parked and chocked, we'd greet him and say, "Wow! Nice plane....sorry about your penis."
One of the most interesting men I've ever known was the uncle of a friend of mine. (This was before Dos Equis Man.) He lived in Houston in the same house he'd lived in for 25 years, drove a 5-year-old Olds 98, and wore comfortable, well-broken-in clothes. He would invite us down to stay in his (very modest) beach house on Galveston Island and take us all out fishing. Later we'd have a crab boil and sit around afterwards where he could talk intelligently about any topic we'd throw at him. We tried to trip him up, but he bested us every time. He was just an all-around brilliant, fun, pleasant, down-to-earth guy.
We knew he was financially comfortable....he and his brother had an oil pipeline related business....but it was only when he passed away that we found out exactly how well off he was. Turns out his financial statement had more zeros to the left of the decimal point than any of us could even fathom.
I often think, when I win the lottery....that's it. I often think of that. But when I do, what would I buy? A few modest things maybe, some travel, but I don't really want much more than what I have now. I just bought some new jeans, I have every color T-shirt LL Bean offers, and I just put new synthetic oil in my car.
I am getting a new iPhone soon, but I'm going for the black one. The gold one is just too Blingy. :)