Skip to comments.7 Millionaire Myths
Posted on 08/15/2010 2:55:20 PM PDT by prisoner6
We all have are preconceptions about millionaires: they're tax evaders who just inherited their money from rich Aunt Flo, and they hang around the golf course all day with their snobby, elitist friends. So what's the average millionaire really like? Here are seven millionaire myths, and the real facts about the ones who seem to have it all.
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5. Millionaires All Drive Fancy Cars
You can get that idea of the rich guy in a fancy German car out of your head when you think of a millionaire: They actually drive a Ford, with the carmaker topping the millionaire preferred car list at 9.4 percent. Cadillacs run second on the millionaires' favorite car list, and Lincolns third according to onmoneymaking.com.
Bold is mine.
As a FORMER Chrylser guy...next car will porbably be a Ford or some other make made mostly in the south of midwest. Hyundai, Kia, Subaru et al.
Or a Ford.
And no, I'm about a million dollars from being a millionaire!
Then again I'm the LAST one to complain about typos with my severe dyslexia
Took me a few minutes to post this, and I'm certain I have typos!
Yes, it’s spelled “are” instead of “our” on Yahoo.
So I should trust this “journalist” in her assessment of millionaires when she and her editors can’t pass a 2nd grade grammar test?
BTW ongoing debate about including the period inside the quotes in the above. Last I heard it was up to the writer. Style guides I use in news skirt the issue.
Most likely a product of public education or someone depending on spell check!
Don’t be too hard on her.
It passed her spell-check.
< / sarcasm
That’s what happens when people let computers do their thinking for them.....
Something made in the U.S., not necessarily by a US company, and certainly not by a company owned by 0Dumbo. Ford, Toyota or Honda come to mind. I've gained new respect for Ford for not drinking Hussain's Kool-Aid during the bailouts.
The period definitely belongs inside the quotation mark. That’s the rule. Period.
True story: I knew a wealthy timber-baron type gentleman who would put off buying a new truck until his current vehicle wouldn't drive anymore.
The one time I knew him to buy a new truck, he got it home, pulled out a shovel and hit it several times, just so he wasn't worrying himself about scratching it.
And believe it or not, that wasn't the most hilarious thing he ever did. There was one thing that, to this day, was one of the funniest things I've ever seen or heard of.
Sigh...My slight exposure to French...
Will that work as an excuse?
BTW I'd enjoy a discussion on when to include punctuation inside quotations, especially at the end of a sentence.
Bear in mind I daily have to deal with writers using phrases such as "drowned to death" in one instance or "flags at half mast" when intending to refer to flags being flown at half staff.
I am easily distracted!
“BTW ongoing debate about including the period inside the quotes in the above. Last I heard it was up to the writer. Style guides I use in news skirt the issue.”
Universal American usage places commas and periods inside the quotation marks, with minor exception;
He signs his name with an “X”.
Yeah, Ozero is planning on sending in his union thugs to take Ford down. That is the ticket, cannot beat them in the free market, resort to extra regular methods to take out the competition.
Would it be acceptable to end a sentence with something similar to this?
The sailor's last gasp was "What happend...mama what happened?"
Bonus if anyone knows that quote from a 1960's film starring Steve McQueen.
Bullet ... and can we also have an argument on the use of commas? LOL
Actually, I would bet she rewrote the start so many times that she missed the ‘are’ where she ought to use ‘our’ because the sentence was completely different starting out but she retained much of the original sentence. I write lots of essays, and that is how I make stupid mistakes like that one.
Sorry for all the typos.
Getting ready for bed because I start work at midnight.
News NEVER sleeps.
I have my eye on the 2011 Hyndai Sonata.
If he didn't know what happened, why did he say "I know what happened"?
Your use above was correct though, because the quote was a question. "What happend...mama what happened?"
Of all the millionaires I know NONE were given it. ALL earned it through running their own companies. Some drive a BMW or Mercedes but most prefer an SUV, truck, or Jeep. For cars, they usually drive a BMW or Mercedes 300 or 500 series.
No one I know feels rich. They feel like taxes and other things will eat them alive so they had better continue to earn more.
They are elitists to some degree. They feel they “got it” and learned to earn while others are content being wage slaves. That said, they welcome anyone into their ranks and hope others do, but they know most will never get past thinking their lives are about chasing a “job” and retirement on social security or a small pension.
One thing I find in most, not all, but most, millionaires is a sense of civility and social graces. Most people I know let their kids run around restaurants; the rich usually don’t. Most middle class people think nothing of being rude and crass, cussing in a church, or getting “wasted” at a BBQ and thinking that was cool. Millionaires dont. The difference is that millionaires find people wanting to do business with them, while those others dont.
I attend an annual hunt each year with some wealthy and powerful people. They usually bring along a cousin or two. It is easy to spot the wealthy versus their bum cousin they are doing a favor. One can carry an intelligent conversation, the other is getting wasted and trying to be the center of attention. One person does things sensibly; the other needs to be watched like small child before they destroy something or hurt someone, thinking they are being cool.
The movie might have been ‘Sandpipers’, or something similar in name. McQueen was a yoeman on a boat running refugees out in China, IIRC.
‘Sand Pebbles’! Yeah, good flick, BTW.
Did you say “Sand Pebbles”? I’ll have to watch that now. Thanks.
I have a multi-millioaire cousin who never buys a new car, always a used one, preferrably three or four years old, with low mileage. Pays cash and drives them until the wheels fall off. He also doesn’t bother with maintenance like oil changes, etc. Replacing tires is about the extent of his maintaining a vehicle.
Sad story, but a very well made flick.
Would rank ‘Sand Pebbles’ right up there with ‘A Town Called Alice’.
If you take me as a sample, I can tell you a few things:
1. I drive a 12 year old car.
2. I live in a studio apartment.
3. I watch a 19” TV from 1983.
4. I never made more than $115K a year in salary.
I thinking I am in the running for the world’s cheapest millionaire.
I believe they are making them down in Alabama now.
>> my severe dyslexia LOL!
I see what you mean — you spelled “LOL” backwards.
Because we are under deadlines and are familiar with each other's styles it is not uncommon to find something like "2 crs colided undr the Wst Wnd Bridhe."
Tranlation would be "Two Cars collided under the West End Bridge."
Funny that he should come up in a thread on unpretentious
rich people. I just helped move the National Motorcycle
Museum in Animosa Ia. to their new location. One of the
bikes was Steve's old Indian chopper. What a pile! Nice to
see his ego didn't outgrow him.
Says it all to me! Same experience, with a few exceptions...Heinzes, Hilmans (sometimes) and a few other local politicians.
WOWSERS! Any pics?
Great Escape was just on some cable channel - I usually don't watch TV.
Made an exception for the part where he tries to jump the fence into Switzerland.
Did his own stunt IIRC.
Don't have a lot of money but we are happy as clams. Well, you know... except for the State of the Republic and making the bills!
FWIW one of the principles I've tried to live by and instill into our three kids.
The measure of a man isn't the amount of money he makes.
It isn't how he speaks, or how he is thought of in his community.
The measure of a man is his ability to take his God given strengths and use them to provide for his family, help his neighbors, take care of himself and thank his Creator.
I've tried to live by that and failed often, but my family is still here despite all tribulations.
We are enjoying Life.
CUZ!! Exactly what I do...except for the millionaire part!
Yup. American punctuation: periods, commas inside. Brits: out.
Well, yes, there’s that.
I was speaking strictly in financial terms, on topic with the article.
actually Ford was organized by the UAW in 1941
Well, you did say “politicians”. The successful politicians I have known have been great. Their familes even greater. The come-n-gone politicians have been nasty people. I’ve worked with politicians at the lower levels of government and they were just plain nasty people; hence, they never made it to the majors.
Eye use spill chick and all most never half a miss spelled word.
In Stanley’s book that the article referneces (”The Millionaire Next Door”), he answers the obvious question “OK, so if millioaires aren’t driving Benz’s and BMW’s, who is?”
The answer is “people in hock up to their ears.” Stanley identified the unsustainable consumption of a large cohort of people quite some time ago.
I recommend everyone read “The Millionaire Next Door” and “The millionair Mind.” They are both veey revealing.
My wife drives a shiny silver Mercedes E320. It’s a 1998, with a resale value about $4000 these days.
It’s funny that guys that drive $30,000 trucks will cut her off due to presumed wealth resentment.