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A Cryptic Thought

Who wouldn’t want to be laid to rest in Elvis Presley’s old crypt? Um, (hand waving wildly in the air) that would be me. Get your wallets out … it’s for sale to the highest bidder. Bidding starts at $100,000.00.

Personally, I don’t appreciate hand me downs.

I also find it a bit weird that someone would pay huge bucks just to be somewhere Elvis once was after they die? I mean…what’s the point?

I loved Elvis. My daughter loved Elvis. But buying a crypt that housed his body for two months before he was moved to Graceland is wrong in all kinds of ways. If Elvis knew what was happening he’d probably roll over in his grave … if he was still in it.

People who capitalize on dead people suck (especially if it’s their own family). I have no respect for it. Of course, this train of thought could easily exist because none of my family members are worth much and are worth even less after they’re gone.

There is no shortage of stupid and weird stuff that is up for grabs. Who can forget the piece of toast with a picture of Jesus on it, or the potato chip that housed Gandhi’s face? I’d like to. Both items went for big bucks on eBay.

I had a friend (operative word “had”) who had spent thousands of dollars for one of Michael Jackson’s hats. He encased it in a Plexiglas stand and kept it by the front door of his humble $85,000 home. The hat cost a third of what his house did. That was the day I lost a fair amount of respect for him and the day I started thinking he had either lost his mind or never had one in the first place. I should mention that their home was over 30 years old and it still had the original carpet and appliances. No money was ever available to replace the old stuff because there was a felt hat standing on a Plexiglas stand by the doorway. Oy!

I have another ex-friend (at this rate I’ll die alone) that spends money faster than he makes it, usually on stupid stuff that he’ll never use and doesn’t need. Not the best recipe for happiness. I wouldn’t be surprised to find Pamela Anderson’s nail clippings among his treasures.

It’s hard to argue with stupid. But stupid with money, well, good luck with that.

I’m thinking (wait … let me get up on my soap box) that there are a hell of a lot better things to be spending our money on; charities, homeless shelters, animal alliances, educational and arts foundations, potato chips and onion dip, the list is endless.

How did our value systems get so screwed up? It’s easy to understand the grumblings of the common person (I’ve been called worse), of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The roar is getting louder.

Look, I’m entitled to spend my money any way I choose, as are you. I think we all just hope that some intelligence would be exercised while in the act. It’s hard for me to tell if I’m being a snob here or if I actually have the sense that God gave me.

Where does the value of money fall? When is it okay to spend $40,000 on a purse? Why isn’t it okay for us to expect spending to go hand in hand with some degree of responsibility? And is it really any of our business and why do we care?

I’m thinking that my ratty pink bath robe and matching rag-tag slippers are worth a hell of a lot; after all, they were worn by a famous writer, blogger, and legend (in her own mind). I’m thinking 5,000 bucks on eBay would be a bargain.

Now that’s a cryptic thought!


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mercyn - I am going to start saving my work clothes – the sweats I wear while writing – for although I am not yet famous, as I plug away at my keyboard the time is near. Keep watching the eBay auctions…

Scott Morgan - I guess Elvis isn’t using it because Elvis Lives!!!! But if it makes you feel better, I’m on your side (as usual) If it costs more than $20, I balk…

mel - a sensible column. Can I bid for it? lol
And what do you think of “Antiques Roadshow”?

Joan Cooper - You have left me speechless. You said it all.

Remember – in life, everything is just a loan and apparently after life also if you cannot keep your burial place???

Joan Cooper

Rick Gualtieri - I collect Transformers. I’m sanely rabid about them. In that I have them all locked in my office, away from the grubby hands of my kids. Still, come Christmas when I know my wife will be scouring eBay for a new prize for my Collection, I am sure to tell her to not spend hundreds on what is essentially a piece of plastic.

Malissa - My comment is now up for action bids start at 1.00 do I hear 1000.00?

Your so right Tammy!

Your new fan in Washington St. 🙂

Tammy - Hi Mercyn, I will absolutely keep watch for the Mercyn eBay offering. You can count on it. Thanks for posting!

Tammy - Hi Scott, yes, it does make me feel better to know we are on the same side. Elvis was moved to Graceland two months after he was buried in the family crypt. Now that open “spot” is up for grabs. I’m pretty sure it will be over your 20 buck limit, so I’m thinking that it puts you out of the running. It also puts you in the “sane” column. Thanks, Scott, for the read … and the post!

Tammy - Hi Mel, bid to your heart’s content. I’ve never actually watch the Antiques Roadshow, but I’ve heard good things about it. Is it something I should be putting of my list of “must see”? Happy to have you here and grateful to have your post.

Tammy - Hi Joan, what?!?! I’ve left you speechless? That makes me “awesome”! Kidding, just kidding. I guess that after they buried Elvis, his estate decided it would be more lucrative to have him at Graceland. So his original family crypt is up for grabs. We have to wonder what moron will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the privilege of having their dead body lay where Elvis once once. Give me a break! Thanks for allowing me to make you speechless, I will consider it a compliment. And, yes, everything in life IS a loan. Thanks for being here!

Tammy - Hi Rick, so you are a sane collector of Transformers? Interesting indeed. Bless your wife for buying what would make you happy. I love her already. It is essentially a piece of plastic, but so are my Gumby and Pokey figurines, and I consider them priceless. But like you, I limit my sane collections. If I had $100,000, I wouldn’t be spending it on cool stuff from the days of old, and I sure as hell wouldn’t spend it on a crypt once occupied by Elvis. I’m betting you probably wouldn’t either. I saw an old friend not too long ago, her purse was a $5,000. I couldn’t help but feel disgusted. The woman has more money than brains. A common malady these days. Happy to know I’m not the only one! Thanks for the read and for your post. Means a lot!

Tammy - Hi Malissa, it’s so cool to have a fan in Washington St.! Let me know what happens to you bid. Great hearing from you!

Marilyn - Oh Tammy, you’re so funny. I love it! And you!

Jeffrey Davidson - Yes it is interesting how some people spend their money and where their values are.

I think we have plenty of youth. What we need is a “fountain of smart!”

Tammy - Hi Jeffrey, when you find it, let me know. I have a long list of people I’d like to sprinkle with the fountain of smart. Wouldn’t it be nice if money brought forth brains? Man! We’d have it made. Instead, it often seems to do the very opposite. If I ever hit it big (and I mean huge!) and I act as stupid as some of the people I’ve noted …. well, you have my permission to slap me silly. Thanks for the read and for your post!!

Kellie - Ok so I am just waiting for someone to purchase the infamous Monica Lewinsky “Blue dress” and either wear it or in case for viewing. YIKES. This person would also be on my ex-friends list.

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