Friday, February 28, 2014




"BLUE" JIMMY:  There's a great scene in the classic film "Glengarry GlenRoss" where Dave Moss, the character played by Ed Harris, walks into the office in a sh**ty mood and says, "The rich get richer, that's the law of the land!"  Since his character is a total d**k, you think he's just being cynical but old cliches like that about wealth and money making come to mind when I consider a couple of articles I read recently.  The first one was about an 11 year-old Illinois  girl named Heather Stirling who makes cupcakes out of her home taking in about $80 bucks a week and putting the money away to buy a car when she's old enough.  Of course, this type of human interest story was noticed by the local newspaper and they did an article showcasing her cupcakes and entrepreneurial spirit.  The local health department also read her story and being the typical meddling government bureaucracy that they are, came and shut down her "business" and told her that she couldn't continue unless her parents built a separate bakery for her.

BD OZZY: Hey idiots!  If her parents had that kind of money, she wouldn't need to be baking cupcakes for money in her mommy's kitchen!

"BLUE" JIMMY:  That's the whole point brother!  The little girl, who also runs a pet sitting business, is a perfect example of someone trying to pull themselves up by their boot straps ( to use another cliche).  What do folks always tell down and out souls on the street when they ask for change?  "Get a job!  Make your own money!"

BD OZZY:  But when someone comes up with an idea to make a little pocket change, The Man is always there to step on your neck and hold you down.

"BLUE" JIMMY:  Amen!  But that brings us to the other article I read which deals with a man named Patrick Combs who in 1995, received one of those spam emails from some get-rich-quick company with a phony check attached showing an example of how much money he could be making.  The check, which was for $95,000., had his name on it but it also said right across the front, "Not Negotiable For Cash."  Combs, who was trying to earn a living as a motivational speaker and was something of a joker, signed the check with a smiley face and deposited the check in his ATM.  Combs expected the bank to call him, praise his sense of humor and laughingly tell him that the check was not real.  To make a long story short, the next time he went to his ATM, he found his balance had gone up by $95,000. and a short time later, he was told he could start withdrawing the funds.  He withdrew the money, put it all in a safe deposit box (never intending to keep it) and made his bank jump through hoops to get the money back since it was legally his to keep.  The whole tale is told in his book "Man 1, Bank 0" as well as an often sold out one man show which he performs all over the world for a fee of $5,000. per night.  Between royalties from his book, tips in his PayPal account from people who read the story on his website and his speaking engagements, he makes well over the $95,000. he could have kept due to his bank's screw up.

BD OZZY:  I would have kept the money and then wrote a book and one man show about how I spent it!

"BLUE" JIMMY:  So you see where I'm going here?  Why does one person get shut down after making a few honest bucks and another has riches dumped in their lap not once but several times?  What is the nature of wealth?  Does it favor those with business savvy?  There are a lot of folks with business degrees who are broke.  Does it favor the righteous?  There's a lot of poor good people. Perhaps it favors those with the most desire for it as Gordon Gekko says, "Greed is Good."

BD OZZY:  I think it's sheer dumb luck!

"BLUE" JIMMY:  There are certain people who have made it their life's work to study the habits of people who have consistent wealth and abundance in their lives.  In his book, "Inner Vegas: Creating Miracles, Abundance and Health" Joseph Gallenberger, Ph. D., makes the assertion that wealth favors those who don't go through life with a sense of lack and who live in a constant state of gratitude and generosity.

BD OZZY:  But how to balance this with the panic of having bills pile up and having people all around you with their hands out.

"BLUE" JIMMY:  Dude!  How very astute!  Do the rich get richer as Dave Moss says?  Or do certain people just attract wealth? One theory I read about recently, proposes that if all the wealth in the world was redistributed equally among every person, within a few years, the bulk of all the wealth would be in the same hands of the people who have it now.  How does this happen? Comment if you have more to say about this subject or have an interesting story about the nature of wealth.

BD OZZY:   And send your donations!

"BLUE" JIMMY:  Sake's Alive!

BD OZZY:  Wow!  Wow!

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