Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I Make Considerably Less

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.

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Dr Zibbs said...

Suuuurreeeee you don't visit My Space all the time. As for the income, for me, it depends how someone "slips" it into the conversation. Years ago, this chick I worked with would work the words, "My Audi" into conversation at least once a day. Who gives??

Gwen said...

How rude. I would never go around telling people I make $1 bajillion dollars a year. There's just no need for that kind of bragging. I say let my Prada accessories, my Bentley, and my staff speak for themselves. I hope you know Spanish.

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poobomber said...

Was he Vince Neil?

Red said...

When I was on myspace (a million years ago), I said I made $250,000 or higher because it was funny. Am I a dbag, too, www?

Lyla Lou said...

I agree, show offs are no fun at all. I probably think this though because I am very jealous. I wish I could be the one bragging about my income=(

Dave H said...

This blog isn't written by a 14 year old girl?

Falwless said...

This blog isn't written by a pedophile impersonating a fourteen-year-old girl? I'm leaving, then.

ÄsK AliCë said...

I don't even answer that question - who likes talking about how much they make? Even if you make a bazillion dollars a year.

It's like when Victoria Beckham got all uncomfortable when the old coots whose party she went to started talking about money.

Not that I ever watched that or anything

words words words said...

Zibbs: Who brags about an Audi? Does she also slip into the conversation that her house features an indoor bathroom?

Gwen: Now a Bentley is something to brag about. May I borrow your staff? I'm sorta lazy.

Poo: I wish.

Red: Yes, you are, but not for that.

Lyla: Me too.

Dave and Fal: One of you is right. But it's more fun not to say which.

Alice: It's okay, I never watched My Super Sweet Sixteen, either.

BeckEye said...

Why are you protecting this douchebag's anonymity? Spill!

Gathering what I know of you, I'll take a guess that this "favorite band" was the Jonas Brothers. Which Jonas had the audacity to post his income? Joe? Jeb? Little Shep? Dante? (I'll admit, I don't know all of their names.)

words words words said...

Beck: I admit it. It was Little Shep.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

I stopped going on Myspace when I discovered that my former employer was an occasional dominatrix who would regularly post pictures of herself in PVC nurses uniforms on there*.

Sorry, did I say "stopped going"? I meant "became a regular".

*this is, sadly, true.

Fancy Schmancy said...

I only have a MySpace and Facebook page to keep tabs on my 14 year old son's private pages (that's my story and I'm sticking to it). And then I ended up finding people that I hadn't talked with in 15 years. It was kinda cool for 10 minutes. Lololz. Um-kay, byes.

Lula Dahl said...

I don't know why you left the name blank. You shouldn't be ashamed that you went to Taylor Hanson's Myspace.

180/360 said...

Why anyone ever answers that question is beyond me. I remember seeing an old friend actually put that he made 15,000 or less. Even though it was probably true, it looked so pathetic in writing.