Sunday, November 27, 2005

Unintended Consequences

My young nephew/second cousin once removed or whatever is celebrating his first birthday today, and in his innocence has no idea of the corrupting power of money. Sure, we all know about the politicians, but it seems inescapable.
A woman who won a $65.4 million Powerball jackpot with her husband five years ago was found dead at her home overlooking the Ohio River, where she had apparently been for days before anyone found her, police said.
Dead and alone with sixty five million. How is her husband taking the tragedy? As well as can be expected, given his condition:
Metcalf died in 2003 at age 45 while living in a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate built in Corbin, Kentucky. His death followed multiple run-ins with the law, including a child-support dispute from a previous marriage and a drunken-driving charge filed before he hit the jackpot.
In my mind, money earned is always better spent than money acquired.


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