Friday, December 24, 2010

The declining braggart economy

-A few weeks ago, at a sushi place in Tribeca (not Nobu or close), I overheard a woman explaining to her dining companion that she will make $2 million this year, up from $400k-plus last year.

-A couple nights ago, at an Italian restaurant in the Village, a woman took a break from complaining about her inability to get a man to tell the man across from her at the table that she makes $100k a year. She asked him what he makes: $75k.

-Yesterday, at a bakery on the Upper West Side, a middle-aged man announced proudly to his two elderly female dining companions that in the past year, in all his sidewalk-dropped-change collection, it seemed, he's found a total of $17.

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