All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


GFF Because They Can

Last year a friend from work told me a story about how someone had went into Wal-Mart and paid her layaway off in time for Christmas.  The emotion in her voice really underscored how touched she was by this anonymous and random act of charity.  I tucked that story in the back of my mind for one day.  You know that one day.  The day Publishers Clearing House shows up with the big check.  The day you finally hit the Mega Millions lottery.  You know, the day you have so much cash that you can do crazy good things.

 Like what these folks do:
It would be awesome to have the kind of cash that lets you own top end sports cars.  It would be more awesome to do what this guys does and take kids with cancer on joy rides in his Lamborghini or any one of his exotic collection.  Dream Drives for Kids  If you are a car guy, its almost enough to make you wish you had caner.

The random act of millionaire kindness that really got me was this one.  Woman Goes To Auction To Watch Her House Be Sold. Good Samaritan Buys It Back For Her.  I've written or bought a lot of mortgages.  I've also had to be part of foreclosure proceedings.  Buying a house just to give it back is freaking awesome.

I know if I was ever crazy rich I'd do some crazy selfish things.  I hope that I'd also do some wildly generous things too.  Like giving someone their house back, or making Christmas special for someone that had to put their kids gifts on layaway.  Good on the kind giving people who do stuff for people they don't know, just because they can.


  1. WaterBoy10:56 AM

    Great stories, thanks for sharing them. It's nice to be reminded occasionally that the world is not all doom and gloom, all the time.

  2. I think stories like this are very cool. That house was probably worth $65 to maybe $75K in a struggling market. Which means she bought when it was over priced. Plus she had to be struggling pretty hard not to make a payment that would have been in the $400/mo range. For an investor $30k in capital plus maybe 8 to 12k in improvements would yield 20 to $25k in about a year. Not too shabby. The investor walked away from their $30k plus the profit. Way to go!