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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Junk Mail

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?

$50,000 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 ...

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

nice junk mail -

is this part of the sunset stip?