Not everything we get in the mail is junk. Last month we received a nice mailer from the good people at Lamborghini Calabasas:
We're currently not in the market for a car, which is really too bad, because it's only $2,398 a month. Hmmm, that's about double an average American's monthly mortgage, but everybody says that things cost a bit more in L.A.
The reverse side explains in detail what the "affordable" payments are.
Are you sitting down?
$2,398 per month for 35 months
with a final balloon payment of (drum roll) $164,000.
Total cost: $300,000.
My wife and I laughed - is there seriously a market for a $300,000 car? We showed a few friends ... sort of the "can you believe this?"
Last week I spotted the exact same car driving up Sunset Blvd. Hey look, the $300K car!
Which was followed by another ...
and another ...
Handling must not be very good ... as you can see, the guy in the silver car had a hard time staying in lane.
Reminded me a bit of P.D. Eastman's Go, Dog, Go! Remember that children's book? Maybe they're on their way to a "big dog party" in a tree somewhere.
At the light (Sunset Blvd. & Palisades Drive in Pacific Palisades) there were these four, plus another three up ahead. Huh, that's $2 million and some change.
Obviously, even in L.A., you don't see seven Lamborghinis drive by at once very often (or ever).
As they drove by I had to wonder what Jesus meant in Luke 12 when he said: "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
Actually, I don't really wonder. Jesus referred to anyone focusing on the "good life" as a fool.
There are a lot of fools in Los Angeles.
While I'm currently not in the market for a car (my Honda Accord set me back $5 grand - and it's running fine) is how I'm investing my time, my talents, and my resources .... wise ... or foolish?
"Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?'Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God." Proverbs 30:7-9