My co-worker who complains the most about work is also the one who dines out at lunch every day: minimum of $12, but $30 and up is not uncommon. Last week I joined him for another co-worker’s b-day lunch (I eat out about once every month or two). I got a $7.50 bowl of rice and chicken and he complained about his $25 beef dish.
He has also confessed to me that he has purchased $300 dress shoes and has an eBay lamp buying addiction (read: expensive and decorative) and no longer has enough room in his townhome to display any more lamps.
Recently he informed me that he sold his Lexus “because it was 10 years old.” And he “got a really good deal” on a brand new Lexus (same basic model). A few minutes ago he was complaining about some of the annoyances with the electronic interface of the new car. I said, “You should have stuck with the old car,” and he halfway agreed.
He says his sister bought it from him to give it to her son – who is currently 13 years old! She’s going to keep it for 2 or 3 years until he is old enough to drive.
Of course, the boy doesn’t want a nice luxury sedan. He wants a great big pickup truck. So she will probably sell it. I said why not buy it back from her and get rid of the new Lexus? He just shrugged his shoulders and said, “Yeah, oh well.”
I can’t wait to tell him I’m retiring in style in just a couple of years.