Got one! A guy had a package delivered to work and was talking about how he's surprised they just left it at his desk. Noted that it was very expensive. I'm figuring it's some sort of new lab equipment.
Well, he shows a few people and they all get excited. "It's in a blue box." says the guy... he says it like that should explain it. I think, "Man, they must have gotten some awesome new pH meter or something. I guess he is just excited that he finally got his own one!"
Then I got a lot of looks. It wasn't a pH meter. I saw the box and realized it must be jewelry, but the color of the box meant nothing to me. It's a gift from Tiffany's. His wife's push present...
There were at least 2 other guys here that didn't know that a blue box = Tiffany's though. So that made me feel a little better.
Oh my, this reminds me of a really funny story...
So my main man and all around cool dude brother in law appears to be very rich from... well I'm not sure what exactly. He owned, in whole or part, some kind of vocational training company that supplied computer programmers to international companies in China. He's since sold that, although it seems like he's still involved with it in certain ways, and now "buys houses and sells houses." To the limited extent I've been around him and his family/business associates I feel a lot like the wife from Goodfellas because they all just sort of roll from restaurant to massage place to restaurant, chain smoking and getting shitfaced and talking about "clean money" and how hard it is to get and how important it is etc. I also say that he appears
to be rich because while he always carries around massive amounts of cash (like 10 grand) and buys ridiculous things like illegal ivory sculptures of elephants and antique samurai swords and a bottle of CHINA'S FIRST WINE vintage 1978, at the same time he's always borrowing or "borrowing" money from their parents "for business" and he keeps trying to get me to take out weird and probably illegal loans with him and stuff like that so the actual state of his finances is permanently opaque.
Anyway the relevant thing is that when we got married he and their parents came over here for the wedding and to like, travel and buy stuff and what have you. But I drive a crummy old 4-cyl 2002 Nissan Frontier and so whenever we went places it'd be like, me and my brother up front, my wife in the jump seat, and then him and their parents in the bed sitting on a pile of blankets (it does have a cap). Since he constantly wanted to go to like, weird luxury stores I'd never heard of and outlet malls and things like that we were always rattling along to wherever and piling in and out like the freaking Beverly hillbillies, including when we went to the Tiffanys, which had a dang gated parking lot. In the beautiful Chevy Chase Tiffanys he actually bought us both wedding rings, and then also bought a bunch of other stuff to idk, bribe officials back home or whatever, and literally, literally maxed out his credit card after ten grand, and then pulled out his giganto wad of 100s and bought some more stuff with that.
Another place we went in similar fashion was the Range Rover dealership, where we all got out of my car that's worth like 3000 dollars US, and he walked all around with the bro dad salesman looking at every car and going "Wa! So cheap! So small money!" He had a scheme where he was gonna have me buy a car here and drive it around for a while and then send it to China "used" to evade taxes but mysteriously those 90,000 dollars haven't shown up yet, and that was 3+ years ago. I'm sure he'll come through any day now!!