Saturday, April 14, 2007

Weekend News

Do I have my finger on the pulse, or what? This weekend's NY Times real estate section has a big article entitled "Sinking Your Money Into a Rental." You can read my recent post on the topic here.

To change topics somewhat, I've been rather disturbed lately by something that actually was a news item, if only a very small local one, somewhere other than in NY. I won't go into the specifics, but someone I used to know slightly was arrested for stealing a fairly large amount of money from his employer. I heard this from some other people who knew him and we were all shocked. There was nothing about him that would make you think he'd be so dishonest. And above all, it just seemed so stupid! Why would you risk your career, and part of the means of supporting your children, on some crazy scheme to rip off your company? And from what I heard about it, the scheme really was crazy enough that I'm amazed he got away with it for as long as he did. I guess it just goes to show you that money can cause temporary insanity, and self-destruction. It's sad, really.


Anonymous said...

Anytime someone gets caught, and the details of their scheme comes out, it's almost always so STUPID, even if it's clever. YOU CAN'T STEAL SOMEONE ELSE'S MONEY, YOU'RE GOING TO GET CAUGHT!

Anonymous said...

I rent and honestly, it has taken me forever to buy furniture to furnish my rental just because I find it stupid to invest too much in what I considered temporary comfort that I could potentially leave behind. But it's been 7 years in the rental and I am slowing adding furnishings and knick knacks. In retrospect, I think I should have factored in the benefits of a comfortable living instead of focusing on cost.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if you're referring to MM at WU. If so, it's a small world. And lots of people were shocked when it all came out.