December 18, 2011
A thought on Occupy Wall Street
A few weeks ago I was playing Monopoly with my better half and some friends. I usually play with my family back in Baltimore, and I usually make a respectable showing but typically lose to the sharks like my brother and my cousin.
But this time, I was the shark.
I got super-lucky, landing on Free Parking, Park Place, and Boardwalk. I had other properties, but I quickly realized that, as long as I didn't trade with anyone else, I could keep them all from building houses while I just bled them dry.
So I did. And I won. It took a while, but I ended up with over $12,000 in cash.
It was pretty obvious I was going to win, but I choose to really pour on the gas. Which made for a really rotten game for everyone else but me.
Somewhere along the way, I had the thought: "Is this what it's like to be in the 1%?"
Luckily, it was only a game.