Saturday, March 31, 2012
2, 4, 23, 38, 46- Mega Ball: 23
Hoboken Now is reporting 1 winner in New Jersey! And another in Georgia.
GA only got ONE winning number- the 38. Do I get anything?
I'll never forget a client complaining to me- way back, what a hassle it was being rich (he was). You know, all the bother managing one's wealth, various properties, stocks, assorted assets. Boo freakin'-hoo.
While I thought he was showing off, I remember thinking there was probably a grain of truth in that. A teeny-tiny one.
How would you handle a $640 million (divided by 2) windfall?
GA's known some born-rich and nouveau riche and they are different animals. The born-rich think rich, the nouveau riche act rich.
In other words, you may spend an hour talking to a born-rich and never know it- they don't want you to.
A nouveau riche, on the other hand, has a learning curve to develop the social and psychological aspects of being wealthy. Some are so modest- even seem in denial like Frank Raia- who is about as down-to-earth as they come. Others choose to be chauffeured than walk, or delegate simple tasks to 'the help', or use their money in a lavishly conspicuous fashion (millions of bucks on a Mile Square mayoral campaign) acting out their financial success.
Whatever it is, the sudden acquisition of vast wealth must be mind-blowing.
GA remembers once chatting with a modest, genial fellow at a party on the upper West side of Manhattan who invited some of us back to his place. Which turned out to be a sprawling Fifth Avenue over-the-top, custom-designed (fantasy) penthouse by a famous architect (Helmut Jahn? Hans Hollein? Forgot). Everything was custom, down to fixtures and accessories. Well, I'd hung out with the guy all night, and who knew?
That's when I became aware of my own discomfort with extreme wealth.
Which is WHY I'm so grateful I ONLY got number 38 and not the others: 2, 4, 23, 46 and Mega Ball 23.
Update, 12:00 noon
Hoboken Now got it wrong: