In Reply to: OT: Something we think is a joke... but turns out posted by Big-M on April 20, 2002 at 23:45:45:
Is it "moral" to take some of the cash you make into the modifying-my-7 factory ??? Yeah... she IS understanding & keen to serving your obsession.. but what about the "house" ?!
It really gets "a lotta laughs from lots o folks" this issue... but you know ? It's kinda getting to me personally... Arguments over how & what a guy is to spend on his 7 is no more small... it IS an issue.
How do you guys see it ? Is it normal ? Getting out of hand ? Should we REALLY "give up a bit a stuff...?" I personally think its so crazy how 2 totally separate aspects of your life interfere gradually to spin a headache-making issue...
go to extremes to get what we want. Though I must say the way I did it was not the best but it was the only way I could make it happen. I paid all the bills at home. This included 3 mortgage (the 4th was offset by rental) payments, 2 boats, raising 3 children and all the cost of living. When my primary car was hit and totalled last year I resorted back to my Chevy and Suzuki. When I spoke about purchasing a BMW she went ballistic. She said I should get a used Corolla. So in her eyes it was okay to spend 40K on a brand new fully loaded 4Runner with a TRD supercharger for her but for me another used car. I drove my old chevy for a year when finally one day, on a fluke while getting parts for work on a Saturday I stopped by a dealer and REALLY feel in love with this (mine now) 99 740il in Anthracite Metallic. I ended up purchasing the car without her consent or knowledge. I sold some of my stocks (which I purchased with MY money). That evening I decided I better go up to our restaurant and tell her. I figure if I didn't when she came home and saw it parked in front she would shoot me. When we got there my son jumped out of the car and ran inside before I had even shut my door. He left the front door open and I could hear him yelling "Mommy mommy! Daddy bought a new car and it is a BMW 740!!!" I lucked out, there was a customer talking to her so she kept her cool and just said "That's nice". It took her 2 weeks before she talked to me again.
I know this is not the best way to do things and don't really recommend it but as hard as I work I felt I deserved it and if I can't reward myself at least once or twice in a life time then why the heck am I working so hard.
Of course there are other circumstances I will not go into. I.e. 2 business of our own etc.
I have gotten a bit out of hand but I am now reeling it in. Still tempted to upgrade to the Dinan Stage III and the exhaust but keep telling myself I have done enough (yea right) and need to settle down. She has not said anything about the rims/tires but I know she has seen them.
Just be careful. The car can be replaced. Your loved ones can't. (boy I am one to talk!)