I received this comment today.
“Love the trip reports great advice and great pictures we also love the grand..
We also are lucky to have a couple of bucks in the bank but close ups of a rolex, bmw mentions expensive shoe o.c.d and other ventures into selfindulgence let it all down a touch but hey some need to show some just know…”
I took this the way I think it was intended, as a rap on the knuckles. I generally don’t post snarky comments. It is my blog after all. (In reality, I have only gotten one other snarky comment and I think that was from a stalker who was jealous of my shoes – LOL).
But I decided to address this one because I think people often make erroneous assumptions about people’s lives when they are getting, basically, a few snapshots of that life.
I’m not going to pretend like we are struggling or don’t have good incomes. Nobody would believe it and it’s not true. However, we also are not rolling in buckets of money and we work hard for the money we do have. No trust funds for us : (
I do have lots of shoes, and most of them were bought on clearance at DSW. Zung does drive a BMW, and he races it. An expensive hobby to be sure. (It’s really more of a passion for him). I also clean my own house and clip coupons. Nothing gives me more pleasure than scoring a super-bargain.
However, the one item mentioned in the comment may look like an extravagance, but in reality is not at all. The Rolex. (I have never mentioned it, but apparently you can see it in at least one picture I’ve posted and the commenter saw. It belongs to Zung. He has had it for 29 years. I bought it for him when he graduated with his PhD. I graduated that same day with my nursing degree. We also had a boatload of student loans. I’m pretty sure we would have qualified as struggling students.
How did I, as a struggling student afford a Rolex? I worked as a nurses aide on the weekends and put the Rolex on lay-away and paid a little at a time on it. It took many months to pay it off. It was the cheapest Rolex they made at the time, but it was bought with love and pride. When I gave it to him, I told him we would trade it in for a nicer one when we had more money. He said he would never trade it in because he knew how hard I had worked to get it for him and how hard he had worked to get his PhD and it would always represent that to him.
Try to remember when you read my blog, or anyone else’s blog or trip report or comment on a forum, just because you know a few things about someone doesn’t mean you know everything and you really shouldn’t make assumptions about them.
Now, we will return to our regularly scheduled blog.