885

If you have more than 40, you’re spoiled. :-)

Do you have:
( ) your own cell phone [my employer makes me carry one but it isn’t mine]
( ) a television in your bedroom [I don’t have a bedroom]
(1) an iPod
( ) a photo printer
( ) your own phone line
(2) TiVo or a generic digital video recorder
(3) high-speed internet access (i.e., not dialup)
( ) a surround sound system in bedroom
( ) DVD player in bedroom
( ) at least a hundred DVDs
(4) a childfree bathroom [no kids]
( ) your own in-house office
( ) a pool [access to one, not my own]
( ) a guest house
( ) a game room
(5) a queen-size bed or larger
(6) a stocked bar
(7) a working dishwasher
( ) an icemaker
(8) a working washer and dryer
( ) more than 20 pairs of shoes
( ) at least ten things from a designer store
( ) expensive sunglasses
( ) framed original art (not lithographs or prints)
(9) Egyptian cotton sheets or towels
( ) a multi-speed bike
(10) a gym membership
( ) large exercise equipment at home
( ) your own set of golf clubs
( ) a pool table
( ) a tennis court
(11) local access to a lake, large pond, or the sea
( ) your own pair of skis
( ) enough camping gear for a weekend trip in an isolated area
( ) a boat
( ) a jet ski
( ) a neighborhood committee membership
( ) a beach house or a vacation house/cabin
(12) wealthy family members
( ) two or more family cars
( ) a walk-in closet or pantry — The apartment has a walk-in closet but it’s for Jon’s bedroom
( ) a yard
( ) a hammock
( ) a personal trainer
( ) good credit
( ) expensive jewelry — all family gifts though
( ) a designer bag that required being on a waiting list to get
( ) at least $100 cash in your possession right now
(13) more than two credit cards bearing your name (not counting gas cards or debit cards)
( ) a stock portfolio — Debatable. I own stock in one company directly and my simple IRA through work probably has some stock in its investments
(14) a passport
( ) a horse
( ) a trust fund (either for you or created by you)
( ) private medical insurance
(15) a college degree, and no outstanding student loans

Do you:
(16) shop for non-needed items for yourself (like clothes, jewelry, electronics) at least once a week — books, craft stores
( ) do your regular grocery shopping at high-end or specialty stores
( ) pay someone else to clean your house, do dishes, or launder your clothes (not counting dry-cleaning)
( ) go on weekend mini-vacations
( ) send dinners back with every flaw
(17) wear perfume or cologne (not body spray) [sometimes; I got it for free]
( ) regularly get your hair styled or nails done in a salon
( ) have a job but don’t need the money OR
( ) stay at home with little financial sacrifice
(18) pay someone else to cook your meals [if restaurants count]
( ) pay someone else to watch your children or walk your dogs
( ) regularly pay someone else to drive you taxis
( ) expect a gift after you fight with your partner

Are you:
( ) an only child
( ) married/partnered to a wealthy person
( ) baffled/surprised when you don’t get your way

Have you:
(19) been on a cruise [a dinner cruise, yeah]
(20) traveled out of the country
(21) met a celebrity — Having friends working for the university activities board that books lectures was nice.
( ) been to the Caribbean
(22) been to Europe
( ) been to Hawaii
(23) been to New York
( ) eaten at the space needle in Seattle
( ) been to the Mall of America
( ) been on the Eiffel tower in Paris
(24) been on the Statue of Liberty in New York
( ) moved more than three times because you wanted to
( ) dined with local political figures
( ) been to both the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast

Did you:
( ) go to another country for your honeymoon
(25) hire a professional photographer for your wedding or party
(26) take riding or swimming lessons as a child [at the city pool]
( ) attend private school
( ) have a Sweet 16 birthday party thrown for you

Now here’s the short version:

[ ] Do you have access to fresh running water?
[ ] Do you have the option of sleeping indoors?
[ ] Can you generally find food to eat?
[ ] Do you have the time to do LiveJournal memes?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re spoiled compared to millions of people.
If you answered yes to ALL of the above, you’re spoiled compared to a few billion people.

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5 responses to “885

  1. guaharibo

    Short Version: Not spoiled..just very fortunate and “rich” in comparison to others.

    Mr. Ipod/TiVo/Egyptian Cotton-boy

  2. sylvar

    Oh, it wasn’t a slam against you (you’re not the only person on my friends list who’s posted this), I just thought that a lot of very lucky people (myself included) might be tempted to use this checklist to decide they’re not really spoiled.

  3. calledmara

    I agree completely. I live in a neighborhood with a large homeless community and the fact that I get to come inside when it’s raining and heat tap water in my tea-kettle on my stove makes me thankful.

  4. frannyan

    I always kinda find these things funny. Cause I’ve always been spoiled and yet whenever these sorts of things pop up, I always come up as not. I had a computer when I was 6. I mean.. c’mon! :D I had 2 parents, one which was always home until I was in highschool, and almost always got whatever I wanted with in reason (normaly had to wait or get off brand, not like it mattered..)

    Don’t quite know if I’d agree with your short version compleatly though. Spoiled normaly entails that you have stuff above and beyond what you need to live. The only one that touches that is the last one.

  5. aj

    It’s so good to be white.

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