There’s rich, filthy rich, and everyday rich. Today I faced the worst of the bunch, everyday rich. The key indicator? The boat. Yeah, around here you see a lot of boats. There are a bunch. But there’s boats and there’s big boats. And in the realm of big boats, there’s certain strata of features and functionality, of which people prefer or defer.
Anyway, it’s after lunch and I need to refuel my car. WaWa is packed. I try to drive around the pumps and I can’t because a massive truck towing a massive boat is blocking the driveway. So I turn around and take the pump behind him. One of the owner’s 3 teen kids/assistants comes over and say they need the room to back out when they’re done fueling. Fucking fine.
I drive around the gas banks and take the pump on the other side of the big-ass boat. I get out and one of the teens says “we’ll be done in a minute.” What? I look up (at least 6 feet over me) and without thinking, just exclaim, “holy shit!” They’re filling this stupid boat with TWO pumps at the same time! One of the pumps was supposed to be mine. True to their word, it only took about a minute to finish up with my pump and as I fueled up, they blocked off traffic, backed the whole disaster up and got the shitshow out on the road.
The whole experience to me was stupid. A truck and boat that large should have been filled at the dock, instead of a public gas station. But, they would argue, it’s so expensive at the dock! Hold on, there, poor boy. You have three teenage sons. The truck towing your boat is at least $60k. The boat is easily $500k. Even the trailer it’s on is probably $20k. You just filled it from two pumps with non-ethanol fuel. I don’t know anything about your living situation, but I can assume you have at least a four bedroom house with room for a truck and boat and trailer. I’m doing pretty well for myself, but I couldn’t afford any of those things.
So, when you take your massive boat to WaWa and inconvenience all the normal people for a while to save a proportionally small amount of money and waste a bunch of everyone’s time, including your own, well, that deserves a middle finger or two. Because you’re only playing rich.
Maybe you’re leveraged out the ass and hoping the next recession doesn’t come along for a while. Maybe it’s 2008 all over again and you HELOC’d your house to death since home prices have recovered. But you still haven’t found out what it’s like to be rich. You don’t understand time is money. If you did, you would realize the time you’ve spent fueling your own mega-boat is a net loss for you. Leave the WaWa alone for the poor people who have to put non-ethanol fuel in gas cans for their pathetic little boats.