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Insecure

I accepted a facebook friend request a week ago. The request was from a guy I knew who is very successful in the film business. We had been out of touch for a few years. I looked at his FB pictures and was amazed by the incredible pictures of his travels. He travels all around the world! Now I regret accepting his request. I looked at my FB pictures and suddenly feel inadequate. I haven’t posted a picture since I became his friend. I am shocked by the grandeur of his life. I hit a low point in my life and was feeling ok that I’m somehow surviving, now I don’t feel that way.These are a few of my pictures and his pictures.

My picture- Ice cream with my kids. I used all the change I could find to buy it and I had a coupon. I also used the old excuse that I wasn’t hungry because I couldn’t afford another icecream.                                                His picture-at the Italian Rivera having gelato. (Somehow I doubt he used a coupon for his gelato or paid for his flight with change)

My picture-paintings my kids made. (By the way I had a coupon for the two hour art class where they painted.                                   His picture-waiting in line to see The Last Supper. I’m thinking there were no coupons involved here either.

My picture-my birthday meal at chick fil a.                                                             His picture-His birthday meal he ate while at the French Alps. (Too bad for him no chicken strips, I assume)

I went to Studio City

He went to Switzerland. 

If I could unfriend him I would but I think he would notice. If I post I hope he is just too busy looking at his other friends lives to notice my posts. So if you follow me on FB and notice I stopped posting now you know why. It’s nothing my FB friend did that makes me want to unfriend. To quote George Costanza “it’s not you, it’s me” 

A confession

I have had money and had no money. Having money was better.
The film business has a lot of twists and turns. Sometimes there is work, sometimes there isn’t. About a year ago in one of my phases of having no money I was working nights at a very nice restaurant to feed my kids until things got better. An older man came in and ate and then came over to the front door where I was standing and chatted with me. We had a little conversation and he reached his hand out to shake mine as he was leaving. As he shook my hand he simultaneously gave my butt a pat and slipped money in my hand. Out the door he raced. I looked in my hand and there was a hundred dollar bill. I was a little stunned. I was offended that he just grabbed my butt and I was shocked that he slipped a hundred in my hand and raced away. This is my blog confession. I could have caught up with him and confronted him but I didn’t say a word. I slipped the hundred in my pocket. I really needed the money. I never saw the man again and I never told anyone until now. I always felt guilty about that.

Rich People Christmas Gift Problems

Here are a couple rich people Christmas gift problems.

He was given a very expensive watch. He had shown me pictures of the watch a few days before he got it. He told me how much he wanted it. After the watch was given to him he said he didn’t like it. I told him that he showed me that exact watch and said how much he loved it. He said “the wrong person from my business gave me the watch so now I don’t like it anymore” He decided he would just take it home and put it in a drawer and they would soon forget they gave it to him. He said “that’s what I did with the hot air balloon weekend I got last year, I wonder if that expired”

Gift two
He got a weekend at a spa. His response was “Ewww…what kind of gift is that?”

A lesson about the Rolls Royce

Did you know that the hood ornament on a Rolls Royce retracts into the car when the car is turned off? I was counting the money in my wallet before I went into the grocery store this morning. (Twenty two dollars, if you were wondering) I watched the Rolls Royce pull up next to my car and noticed the hood ornament disappear into the hood. I was forced to squint to see it because the diamond earrings of the driver were sparkling so much in the sun it hurt my eyes. In spite of the sparkle and squint I was able to see the hood ornament fold into the car.

Rich people problems 3

He was at the office for a couple hours and needed a massage therapist to come in and give him a massage before lunch. He had an old sports injury that was “acting up”. He said “it was an intense massage, almost brought me to tears when he worked on my bad shoulder” After the massage he planned to go out for lunch and then go home. He said “it has been a draining day. I almost had to go out for a business dinner, so glad I dodged that bullet”

As he left he said “God, I have to look for another job”

More rich people problems to come.

Rich people problems 2

I was eating my PBJ sandwich and he said “I had to go out to eat every day at lunch this week for business. It was such an inconvenience and I only got 40.00 a day for lunch”
I offered him a piece of my PBJ sandwich. He refused.

” I won’t be going in to work Friday. We will have lunch and then rock climb. My day is 12:00 to 4:30. God I hate this job”

More rich people problems to come.

Rich people problems

I hear people complain about things I classify as “rich people problems”.

Below are a few I heard this week.

-we live a few steps from the beach. It’s such a hassle to sweep up all the sand in the house.

-I always find shells in my kids pockets and in the dryer. The beach is their backyard and it’s such a mess.

-it’s such a hassle going through security at the airport. Having to go to NYC, Southern California, Northern California, Aspen, Portland. I wish I sat at a desk in a cubical.

-I only get 75.00 a night for my dinner meal per diem.

I lack empathy. I’m struggling right now so I have “just making it problem”

(I will continue to add to the rich people problems list)