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kag said: [Q]niktobos said: [Q]moral of the story: suffer your whole life so someone else can enjoy your money?

Can I add to that?

Suffer your whole life so someone outside of your family can enjoy your money?i was waiting for the racist jokes <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

Here's another story that's been turning up in the library journals lately:Retired library clerk leaves $350,000 to library

This guy seems to have enjoyed life and nobody has a bad thing to say about him. In another article I read, people remembered how he had a new joke for his library customers every day. I find his unchanging, cheap lunch menu interesting, as it reminds me of what I've read about John Bogle of Vanguard, and Warren Buffett. (Bogle supposedly always carried a PB&J sandwich and an apple to work as Vanguard's cafeteria was "too expensive." Warren Buffett supposedly lives on hamburgers.) Seems like there's a lesson there I should take.




kag said: [Q]niktobos said: [Q]moral of the story: suffer your whole life so someone else can enjoy your money?

Can I add to that?

Suffer your whole life so someone outside of your family can enjoy your money?

I will never suffer for someone else's education! If they don't get one then so be it.

What about your kid's? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

Based on the three bad-date stories I posted earlier, it looks like he might not have any kids. Girls seem to dislike guys who look after themselves first.

I didn't see anyone mention that this guy lived thru the great depression and probably had to really tighten the belt buckle while growing up. I'm sure this had a lot to do with setting the foundation for his frugal ways for the rest of his life.

CSRbuddy said: [Q]What about your kid's? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

Hey screw them too... If they don't study hard enough to get a scholarship or school loan then they can go work in a supermarket... I repeat I will not suffer for other people no more!

diamente said: [Q]whodini,

please answer my question above. You went out with a guy while your avatar is a guy. I would like to know if this is a guy and guy relationship. just curious.

you really need to grow up and get over it.

besides its pretty obvious he's just quoting a story.

Mr Green should be enshrined in a FW Hall of Fame. I bet he wiped with free weekly newspapers.

anakinskywalker said: [Q]Let's not call him stingy or whatever.

He lived his life with his own principles and beliefs.

He did not want to live a good life, see places, drink starbucks, meet people, have fun, get drunk, buy stuff, spend money.

He wanted to constribute to society (the African-American community in particular) to the maximum extent he could, with his meagre resources.

I imagine he must have had the same temptations as any of us; but every day he must have forced himself not to splurge on tasty cookies or mouth-watering ice-cream, or a cool soda on a hot day, with the dream of someday leaving his money for African-American kids, whom he must feel for deeply.

Of course, it is unusual for a man to be so excessively "frugal". But it is disrespectful to call him "stingy".

Just because he is different from most of us, we should not make fun of or look down upon him as "stingy old man" etc.

It is un-American to not respect a person's right to live life on his/her own terms, making their own "unusual" choices, to live their own personal dream.

His story reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel's haunting song "A Most Peculiar Man".

Anakin Skywalker

May the force be with you

somethinglessoffensive said: [Q]Mr Green should be enshrined in a FW Hall of Fame. I bet he wiped with free weekly newspapers.

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0> He uses them as napkin first, then for whiping, then he sells them to paper recycle company.

The news says he bought expired meat only.

I wonder where he bought it? Isn't it prohibited by law to sell expired meat?



Thanks mAdMaLuDaWg ! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

Anakin

mAdMaLuDaWg said: [Q]anakinskywalker said: [Q]Let's not call him stingy or whatever.

He lived his life with his own principles and beliefs.

He did not want to live a good life, see places, drink starbucks, meet people, have fun, get drunk, buy stuff, spend money.

He wanted to constribute to society (the African-American community in particular) to the maximum extent he could, with his meagre resources.

I imagine he must have had the same temptations as any of us; but every day he must have forced himself not to splurge on tasty cookies or mouth-watering ice-cream, or a cool soda on a hot day, with the dream of someday leaving his money for African-American kids, whom he must feel for deeply.

Of course, it is unusual for a man to be so excessively "frugal". But it is disrespectful to call him "stingy".

Just because he is different from most of us, we should not make fun of or look down upon him as "stingy old man" etc.

It is un-American to not respect a person's right to live life on his/her own terms, making their own "unusual" choices, to live their own personal dream.

His story reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel's haunting song "A Most Peculiar Man".

Anakin Skywalker

May the force be with you

I did not notice that part before. Of course, if he did something like that, it cannot be supported at all.

I always give the benefit of doubt to people if things are unclear. On that basis, I assumed he was out to help mankind (or specifically, the African-American community) on the basis of the partial information available.

I did not read about this quarrel over $35 (with someone who was doing him a favor) before. Of course, this is insupportable.

In general, philanthropes (those who love humanity) should tend to not quarrel over money, I think. So, you may be right.

However, I would not want to risk judging him too unfairly. No person is all white or all black, in my view. Nothing is all good or all bad, in my opinion. Everything is in shades of grey, I think. So, even if he had a few unsavory characteristics, he may have had a lot of good in his heart too, I would think.

He may have been some obsessive-compulsive sort. But we do not know, really.

That's why I just give the benefit of doubt. That's just my personal choice; I'm not in any way advocating this viewpoint to others.

Poor guy. I wonder what his motivations were.

Anakin

autologic said: [Q]This short quote did it for me.

"Duran said Green would tell him on occasions to pick him up some grocery items while he was out, promising to pay the bill. The tab began to mount until Duran said he asked for $35, an amount lower than what Green really owed.

Green balked at the bill, vehemently denying owing anything. After their relationship cooled, Duran said Green finally sent him a check in the mail for the amount with a note attached saying, 'Keep up the good work.'"

It is one thing to live a frugal life style saving every penny you make. How you spend YOUR money is your business. But when you begin to steal money from friends who are doing you favors that crosses the line. Not paying someone back is the same as stealing from them. This doesn't sound like a person out to help mankind. It sounds like an obsessive compulsive who would go to the lengths of stealing money from family and friends to get his fix.

edit: fixed typo

It is in poor taste to be slandering someone after they are dead and cannot defend themselves. Especially when you've never known him in person.

Yes, I agree completely.

Anakin

TheXung said: [Q]It is in poor taste to be slandering someone after they are dead and cannot defend themselves. Especially when you've never known him in person.

TheXung said: [Q]It is in poor taste to be slandering someone after they are dead and cannot defend themselves. Especially when you've never known him in person.
i'm sure you've never passed judgement on a person you've never met. whether you admit to it or not, it happens.

So we're not allowed to pick on Genghis Khan just because he's not around to defend himself and we don't know him personally? No jabs at John Wayne Gacy? Shucks, you're spoiling all our fun.

GreedyEbayer said: [Q]kimpi said: [Q]diamente said: [Q]whodini,

please answer my question above. You went out with a guy while your avatar is a guy. I would like to know if this is a guy and guy relationship. just curious.

He's quoting someone else's story.

kimpi, you can type, while your avatar is a ladybug. I know for a fact that ladybugs cannot type. please explain. just curious.

diamente, what does it matter what the guy's sexual preference is?

Not quite sure I understand your question. To me, not diamente.

Maybe jealous that you have 6 legs? You know, like the guy with 12 fingers. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

GreedyEbayer said: [Q]oxaca said: [Q]So we're not allowed to pick on Genghis Khan just because he's not around to defend himself and we don't know him personally? No jabs at John Wayne Gacy? Shucks, you're spoiling all our fun.

Wow, didn't know saving money was on par with raping and killing young boys, then burying them in the back yard. Thanks for the lesson.

It's not that. But, if you want to make a rule that you can never say anything bad about the dead, where do you draw the line?
The news said he defrauded his friends and relatives. Do we get to criticize that or not?

I met some millionaire small business owners that live like they are pennyless. They wear old raggety cloths, drive a beat up 70s economy Toyota. And, refuse to pay or even help pay for their kids college education (not that the children asked for it); kids knew they had to take out loans.

When you talk to them they act like they are really broke and always need to borrow money. They do have mental issues too. I was told that the mom and daughter exhibit a bit of Schizophrenia. The dad is mentally sound but listens to the wife. They do run a successful shop and have millions in savings but live in a shanty and look like hobos.

It's sad and wierd for the kids to have to spend their lives this way.

Extreme behavior is never optimal.

This guy reminds me of my grandfather. My grandmother worked and paid all her own bills, he never gave her, my mother or myself a gift EVER. Never a birthday, christmas, or wedding present. Not even a darn card.



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