If I find out a detail about someone that just rubs me the wrong way, it will be the only thing I think about whenever I see them. Most people call this "petty". I call it "having standards".
A few weeks ago I temporarily lost my mind and looked up one of my favorite bands on MySpace.* Each of the band members has their own MySpace of course, so I visited those too. This is where we get to the detail that rubs me the wrong way. One of the band members had taken the trouble to answer the question about income. Of course, he selected "$250,000 or higher".
Now, I like money. I hope to have a little at some point. Maybe even enough to answer the question the way that this gentleman did. But something just seems unspeakably crass about choosing to answer that question at all when you're a rock star. We get it, you make a lot of money. We knew before you answered that question. Why rub it in? He also answered that he was married, so it's not like he's looking to impress chicks. And even if he was, my guess is that he didn't need to state his income on MySpace to do so.
Every time I have seen this guy in a video since this experience, all I think is, "Wow, that guy makes $250,000 a year or higher!" I even picture a thought bubble over his head that says, "Hi, I'm _____. I make $250,000 a year or higher!" I now think he's a crass a-hole with new money, when in fact he may well be a perfectly decent guy. Do I have standards, or is this just petty? I fear it may just be petty.
He's still a showoff.
* I would like to stress that I don't normally frequent MySpace, as I am not a fourteen-year-old girl or a pedophile impersonating a fourteen-year-old girl.