Hey Mister, Can You Spare a Dime?


Or more? I went to Panera Saturday morning for a little treat while Chandler slept and took the laptop with me. After having a moment where I struggled to setup the WiFi connection, I got online and was surfing away.

I was reading about some random starlet getting paid way too much money to appear at some club. Of course I stopped for a moment and thought about what I would do with $30K and I almost started laughing. Money is tight around these parts, been like that for many years but hey I have a place to live, food to eat and gas in the tank so I am okay with that. But I had a thought. Wouldn’t it be funny and interesting to tweet to celebrities and ask for money?

No? Okay, maybe it was just me thinking that, especially when a vacation is at the top of my list of things I really want this year. But it would be an interesting social experiment. I think it is easy for us “normal” folks to see people who make obscene amounts of money and say, gee, could you spare a few for your fellow man? I always think of what I would do with the money when I play the lottery (not very often and usually only when it is a large amount).

I would set my parents up, set up some college funds for a few of my friends’ kids, buy a house, pay off my student loans, invest a good portion of it and maybe start a nonprofit or go work for one. Of course I would have some fun with some of the money, you have to do that, but my main goal would be to set myself up for life so I could do what I wanted to do. Dad said it best, when you start working, you have to always work. And since my parents did not invent Toaster Strudel, I have to work.

I got lucky and didn’t have to work until I graduated from high school. But then I got a car and a job and it has been downhill ever since. I kid! There are a few things I would have done differently but I think many of us would agree.

I have read blogs that have PayPal buttons on them, the money? Who knows where it goes. Some are transparent and donate to charity. Others skip that route altogether and list their wants with a donation button. And for the readers who donate to them, I guess they are fine with it.

But while I would be curious to see what celebs would say to a tweet asking for money, I just can’t do it. At least not right now. They earned it and while I might think how they earned it is silly they earned it just the same.

But maybe I could tweet Charlie Sheen. . .I mean he did give some porn star $30K for no real reason. Would that be bad to ask? I can only offer him a thank you and a smile though. . .

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