5 Dec 2016

And Then, Redneck Rich...

This is a long preamble to a toon, so sorry in advance, and came to pass with the remembrance of the phrase that runs something like, “Money isn’t important unless you don’t have any.”

About a hundred years ago – and isn’t it sad when you get to an age that you can use that phrase with a margin of error of only thirty years or so – I remember a friend who, out of the blue, announced he was going to buy a car and after a little shopping around noted the average down payment required and started saving for said payment; as you did back in the day.

Eventually he announced he had reached his goal but liked the fact he had money in the bank and that if he used those funds he would be back down to a pound so decided to continue saving ‘till he had double the funds available.

Upon reaching that second goal thought he to himself, ‘If I keep going, I can buy a car without the need for any form of loan.’

Continue saving he indeed did, but the old problem surfaced yet again; sufficient funds accumulated but if I buy a car I’m back to a pound in the bank so I’ll keep saving so I can buy a car and still have money in the bank.

At somewhere around age forty he had an extremely healthy bank account. He’s never owned or missed having a car.

In turn that memory took me in search of a song to suit and below is wot I found which fits the bill pretty well. This type of music may not be to your taste, pretty neat guitar work all the same, and you may not be familiar with the works of Big Smo but just slide past the sound and latch onto the lyrics of which this bit in blue is a bit of the chorus; a chorus that you could adjust to suit your own situation. Or I guess you could ask Alexa to do that for you...

I got a glass bottomed boat
and a four wheel drive
John Deere mower
and a side by side...
...And I own everything inside my fence
yeah I'm redneck rich.

That toon got me thinking that maybe most of us, despite limited material possessions, are still wealthier than the wildest dreams of so many. So happy we should be.
“Hay Alexa, are you happy?”
”What? Happy? I’m a talking tin can for heavens sake!!”
Anyhoo, enjoy the toon. Especially Rickey down there in Mississippi. Keep the faith good buddy.


Quote;  Immanuel Kant.

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”


A K Haart said...

We did exactly what your friend did...

...except we bought the car and went back down to a pound.

Mac said...

A K Haart,
As did most of us I guess.
To quote - again- one of my favorite Seasick Steve lines, "I started out with nothing and I've still got most of it left."

Caratacus said...

Ah ... the lovely Alexa. Had to spend a few days in Essex recently (you know, the badlands between the A12 and the A13, Cortina Country) with the Family, one of whom had recently taken to the bosom of his household the fair Alexa. He proudly displayed her versatility, playing music at the drop of a hint and so forth; then he decided to have her chair A Quiz. The answer to one set of questions was to name a year. Ten sixty-six, we said, "YOU have said 2266 ..", "NO we didn't, we said ...", "would you like to change your answer?", "ONE ZERO SIX SIX", we bellowed in unison. Pause. "You said 2166 ..." At this point the head of the family suggested that Alexa should immediately begin a journey involving sex and travel and she shut off in a bit of a sulk.

It would seem that the imminent takeover by Artificial Intelligence is some way off yet, you will no doubt be relieved to hear.

Mac said...

Love it! For your information I have similar problems, on a daily basis, with my artificial intelligence. She sits along the other end of the sofa.
“Hay you, how many colanders did you break today?”
“What you talking about? Stupid man.”
Regards playing music, me being ‘old school’ an’ all, I still have to go through the annoying and time consuming process of pressing a button...

Caratacus said...

Moi aussi, Mac. Although I am stricken in years, I can still download stuff from Youtube, convert it to mp3, load it on to a memory stick and play it during my peregrinations about the SW of this fair isle of ours.

Have you heard any of the tracks on the latest Stones album? I recommend this tune as a bit of a belter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrIjMzBr-ck

Mac said...

Good ol’ Stones just won’t stop will they?
You want a belter? This is one that I just know you’ll be able to relate to. Sorry, it’s Big Smo again.
If I’m driving along and hear this blasting out of a passing cab two things will become apparent; A) you be the driver and B) I missed the turn to the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield...