this writing I drive a big beautiful black Mercedes Benz 420 SEL.
It had only 55,000 miles when I bought it. It was in perfect condition,
including the golden leather upholstery. I paid $12,000.00 less
than book value. My wife drives a very sharp Volvo 740 station wagon
in excellent condition; it is white with gold leather upholstery.
I bought it for nothing down and $5,000 below book value. My three
children each drive great cars, all of which we have purchased in
the past two years. (Another Volvo, a '93 red Jetta and a brand
new green Jetta GLS.)
I live in a
two story, five bedroom, three bath executive home with a swimming
pool and hot tub. We are less than five minutes from one of the
finest beaches in the world. We have all new furniture, new carpets,
new pots and pans (the mirror finish kind that drives the cleaning
lady nuts), new china, new flatware and plenty of new clothes to
fit our new slim trim bodies.
We are healthier
and happier than we have ever been. I have money in the bank. I
weigh twenty pounds less than I did three months earlier. I have
a Gold Visa card with a major credit limit. If I want something,
I get it. We travel frequently. We eat out all the time. Every weekend
we go shopping for some new thing that will enrich our lives.
life is at an all-time high. I give more every month to spiritual
works than I used to give in a couple of years. I feel good about
myself and my fellow humans. I have stopped yelling at other drivers
(well, most of the time). And I am even learning to love my enemies.
Best of all, according to my wife, I seldom snore anymore.