Sunday, June 5, 2011

NOT Keeping up with the Joneses

"Life in the fast lane
Surely make you lose your mind
Life in the fast lane, everything all the time
Life in the fast lane, uh huh" - The Eagles

First of all, I want to say that we are not getting rich over here.  We have a budget, wear clothes some would consider old, and are happy with a sale on groceries where we save a couple bucks.  We live in housing provided by my work.  The neighborhood is relatively nice, but is definitely not considered a upper-class or posh.

That being said, I was driving home the other day and saw a neighbor of ours unloading a new vehicle.  I had to do a double-take and then pull out the camera (see below).  I know, it is not the best photo, but I was trying to be inconspicuous.  Anyway, I realized…. I live in a place where my neighbors own a Ferrari! (and actually this is not the only neighbor who has one)

I then realized that even though there are plenty of fords, chevys, mazdas, hondas, and other “regular people” cars, there were also a lot of these:
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So, I went for a drive around the block and snapped some photos.  These are all cars in our neighborhood… most of them worth from $50K to well over $100K.  I’ll repeat what I said before.  We are not making that great of $$$, and there are lots and lots of neighborhoods around that are WAY more upscale than ours.  So, the Jones are either doing a lot better, or (more likely) putting a lot more credit into their vehicles.  Needless to say, we will NOT be trying to keep up with anyone in this country (yeah, like we’ve ever worried about keeping up with anyone before ;).  Compared to the 15 year old Saturn we drove in Hawaii, our almost 10 year old Honda MRV still feels like enough luxury for us.
A quick sample of the cars the neighbors are driving:


  1. Look like that was a fun little project. If you can call spying on a neighbors a project :)

  2. I don't know, the neighborhood does look pretty nice- maybe you guys are keeeping up with the Joneses- we really have no way to know! Kenton is convinced that Yvonne is some sort of CIA agent and was on a secret mission when she snapped her Achilles tendon...I have to admit, it does seem a little more plausible after seeing how rich your neighbors are!

  3. I just think it is funny that you had to fix your tail light and you couldn't find the part very easily. I wonder if this is the reason...

  4. Are land rovers really expensive? bummer because I've always wanted one.

  5. Yvonne is NOT CIA.... I'm not at liberty to say what organization she does belong to ;)

    Dentists can drive whatever they want ;)

  6. I can say that all the cars here in the US look like 100% junk after living in Dubai. There's not a Porsche, Ferrari, or common-man's Lexus in sight.