Gilded Lives

Wealth.  Envy Not.

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14 Comments

  1. fatima153 said,

    February 25, 2009 at 3:55 am

    One bank/credit card company takes forever to send receipts to cardholders for donations made from credit card points. Puzzling why they volunteer to donate a few thousand in the cardholder’s name if it gives them a pain in the books. Possibly a tax deduction for them (and the cardholder) is now less appealing than cash on hand.

  2. periphery said,

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Ok, I’m confused. How old is this child of Mariasun Aramburuzabala?

  3. February 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    fatima153:

    *LOLSZ!!!*

    Sooooo true!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  4. fatima153 said,

    February 22, 2009 at 8:59 am

    What the rich should be envied for is their mathematical genius, as in being to pay God, Caesar and themselves at the same time.

  5. Isla said,

    February 22, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Fatima153,
    OK, there are some very ingenious tax shelter foundations and of course I’m all for business and charity intermingled – it’s common practice and most dynasties who are responsible not only take care of their estates but also help the less fortunate.
    I was privileged enough to witness the exchange between a very rich father who began his capital from zero although belonging to one of the most prominent families of his Latin American country, a banker no less, married to an even more aristocratic lady, who subsequently dropped him because she found true love in a junior US diplomat stationed in their country (granted he was a very handsome American of Danish descent and the lady had exquisite taste,) and their son: handsome, elegant, distinguished diplomat, banker, married well, has everything and born with practically a diamond pavé platinum spoon in his mouth: “Daddy, where’s the wad we were going to deposit at the bank?” “Let me see son, it’s quite thick but I can’t remember if I had it in this suit or the sportscoat I used this morning at the golf club.” “Dad, you should be more careful, there were $ 5,000.- in the wad.” “Son, if that wad is missing and one of the caddies found it, it really doesn’t matter, believe me. To you and I it means two tickets to Miami with mom, to him it means feeding his family for a year on rice and beans, to buy cooking oil and gas to drive to work. Look at the whole picture, it will make you a better father than you already are.”
    Perhaps that’s a different way of looking at charity.

  6. fatima153 said,

    February 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

    No need for animal sacrifices. To save a dying son friend rushed to church and promised she would not eat meat for two years. The only child was saved and mama kept her promise. A barrister promised to give free legal aid to indigents for 5 years if he passed the bar. He passed and kept the promise. So no deaths, bankruptcies or plane crashes before the good news.

    If some rich families seem to have everything, maybe it’s because their tax shelter foundations really dole out charity and are not just selfish tax shelters per se like those of some we could mention. One Manila Spanish Jew family donates money to provincial schools for the latter to plant mangoes. What internal revenue does not know is terms are that the mangoes must be sold back to the Jews at a low farmgate price, and these are resold at mall prices in Manila. Genius no? The donee makes money, the donor also makes a profit and internal revenue is satisfied that the foundation is charitable.

  7. Isla said,

    February 20, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Toto, Amalita is not that crazy. She’s tough as nails, her hair impeccably coiffed and still has that Turner in her penthouse overlooking the River Plate in Buenos Aires. Actually, she’s a great mother and grandmother and very close to Ana Cristina Alv*rado of New York, the famous jeweller. The lady in question is one of the owners of Polar Breweries in Caracas. When she discovered her ex-husband was having an affair with his side-kick Clairol blonde busty Cuban she had the yacht she’d given him torpedoed at the port of La Guaira so that he’d be embarrassed by all. Also, when the Polar CFO told her she could not send the Gulfstream IV to New York to pick up her daughter’s huge Oscar de la Renta wedding concoction she sat down coolly, at 2 am with the CFO and over café au lait and thick slabs of foie gras on toast said to him in front of me: “OK, let me calculate the figures; I owe X per cent of Polar’s shares which amount to the left engine. If that plane does not take off at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning for New York I’ll give my attorneys instructions to have the hangar saw off the engine. Needless to say, the Gulfstream IV took off from Caracas’ Simon Bolivar International Airport on the dot, and week later her daughter looked beautiful, just like a meringue with double-tiered diamond and pearl tiara, as she blissfully walked up the aisle towards her doting new husband, whom she’s since divorced after he was expelled from the Tamanaco Hotel (equal to the Pen in Manila) for having three Clairol blonde busty Cuban imports from Miami licking his ears in public at the pool bar. Poor Al*xandra. She now weighs about 300 ilbs.

  8. larry leviste said,

    February 19, 2009 at 12:14 am

    ISLA, ISLA, ISLA

    You slay me with your RECUERDOS!

    I burst out LAUGHING with your repartees.

  9. February 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Isla:

    *LOLSZ!!!*

    Was that Amarlita Lacroze de Fortabat???

    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  10. Isla said,

    February 18, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Larry,
    I remember one of Latin America’s richest, smartest and most eccentric ladies I know (her arteries finally burst although she’s still alive because she lived by night and only drank café au lait and ate foie gras on toast) telling me in my teens that envy is absolutely unnecessary if you are a courtier. Absolutely. The only thing you must do is hang on to the rich person’s coat-tails and suck up to them to the point of obscenity. It will land you practically anything you want including minor signed jewels like Chopard’s Happy Diamonds and a Kelly bag, but stops short of a power of attorney.

    I, on the other hand, remember that in my late twenties when I had a proportionately obscene salary in Swiss Francs and lived in that Communist’s nightmare, Geneva, was very aware of who tried to seduce me because of the address I lived at, the company car, first class travel and all that drivel, and I remember person X at a party one night staring at my watch and my shoes while pouting like a suckling piglet with ruby-red lips (perhaps thinking I was expecting a passionate kiss). I stared right into this creature’s eyes, flicked the ash of my Malboro into the ashtray, slowly sipped a bit of my drink, and with an intense look of reserved desire said: “Now, my dear, which part of me do you find more arousing, my watch or my Ferragamo loafers?”

  11. Garganta Inflamada said,

    February 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Animal sacrifices? Uh-huh.

    Easy for the human to make. But did anybody ask the poor animal?

    GI

  12. fatima153 said,

    February 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

    It seems the degree of enviousness correlates with IQ because the not so smart cannot observe that of the 3 items : 1) health 2) love, family, happiness in personal life 3) wealth/success — one can only have two at a time.

    Exception: Good boys and girls will get a taste of all 3 at a time one year before death. Examples: Princess Diana. Locally: Rio Diaz.

    The 2 at a time rule is usually varied monthly or yearly as in “llave’. However you might pray for a certain variation such as: Give me money and health for this year, never mind my personal life.

    But whatever you pray for, always promise something in exchange to avoid the “bad news good news” syndrome, eg. a year or so before passing board exams there’s usually a death, disaster or financial setback in the examinee’s family. In ancient times people offered animal or other sacrifices while asking for the favor, but modern man believes he can get something for free, just by asking.

  13. fatima153 said,

    February 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

    It seems the degree of enviousness correlates with IQ because the not so smart cannot observe that of the 3 items : 1) health 2) love, family, happiness in personal life 3) wealth/success — one can only have two at a time.

    Exception: Good boys and girls will get a taste of all 3 at a time one year before death. Examples: Princess Diana. Locally: Rio Diaz.

    The 2 at a time rule is usually varied monthly or yearly as in “llave’. However you might pray for a certain variation such as: Give me money and health for this year, never mind my personal life.

    But whatever you pray for, always promise something in exchange to avoid the “bad news good news” syndrome, eg. a year or so before passing board exams there’s usually a death, disaster or financial setback in the family. In ancient times people offered animal or other sacrifices while asking for the favor, but modern man believes one can get something for free.

  14. larrylevi said,

    February 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Loved what this exotic gay BFF of Ime* Marc*s’ friendship with him ( on national TV once upon a long time ago ), ” I love having SUPER rich friends, they SPEND good times with you. It’s so nice to hop out of their cars into a private jet or helicopter. ”

    Wealth is to be lavished on friends or COURTIERS, I am guessing.

    Poque no ? Wealth doesn”t invite envy when you are on the magic carpet ride, clutchings it’s golden coattails. When the CHAMPAGNE is always chilled, it’s very EASY to enjoy WEALTHY company.

    Wealth, Envy NOT. Enjoy always.


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