Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A $7000 Watch!

A rich man is nothing more than a poor man with money. William Claude


A couple of months ago My Hero and I went to an auction. It was quite a little drive but we enjoy doing this. We have always thought of this as our entertainment, we love spending time together and honestly it is a cheap date. We have continued to work hand in hand on the farm and look forward to those Saturdays that we can sneak away by ourselves and enjoy an auction leaving those sometimes stressful farm things behind.

This auction had some interesting articles listed in the newspaper so we decided this was going to be a maybe once in a lifetime thing to see. Fancy cars and I am not talking your everyday fancy cars. It was supposed to be down a waterfront rural road in an area I had never been, so off we went. I was pretty sure if nothing else I would get some nice photos.

We drove for a while then turned down a rural road, I must say not a gravel road like ours but a hard top road, it was so nice and smooth. There were no potholes or any dust walls behind you as you drove. We passed an old barn that was falling down and I thought that this was going to be just an ordinary auction as these are the scenes we have always passed on our way to many auctions.
As we continued down the road we were starting to notice very large fancy houses built close to the road. This is not unusual because a lot of retired farmers sell their old homesteads to people from the city and the waterfront is an especially desirable location.


We started seeing elaborate gates with locks and long driveways with no houses in sight we decided the houses must be down by the water which was quite a ways back. We then passed the most amazing barn that had been converted into a workshop or fancy garage, I had no idea. All I know is I loved it, what a great way to renovate an old barn. This barn had been completely restored and had fancy painted doors and windows. There was a big beautiful limestone house. I am assuming it was all original and had been bought by someone who had the money to make it amazingly beautiful.There was a quarry behind and I could see lawn chairs and I think a canoe in the water. This was my dream home for sure. I remember saying to My Hero “Now this is where we would have loved to be born”, “How lucky those kids are.” I imagined this place would have lots of room for our very large families to live, no sharing beds and lots of room to run. Now that would have made for a very different childhood for both of us.

We started to realize that the auction was not going to be an ordinary auction as we passed very fancy sports cars parked along the side of the road. Our old pickup, I must say looked a little out of place. Now this was going to be fun. Money has never intimidated me, you know I am kidding.

My Hero found a parking spot and I immediately jumped out and headed down to the waterfront which has always been a natural reaction for me. My Hero headed across the road to the auction. I started snapping photos and then headed across the road. I passed a lot of very fancy cars which made me smile as they were so shiny and pretty. I really liked the red one. I was thinking Brother D would really be disappointed he missed this one, too bad he had to work.


I was taking photos and overheard a man talking about how he had lost his $7000 watch during a tragedy and he realized that the $40 Timex he had on worked just as well. My heart went out to the man. I was pretty sure at this point we would not be buying anything here. I found myself wondering what a $7000 watch really looked like and was also trying to calculate in my head, how many round bales of hay that would buy to feed our cows during this drought. Thinking back, I wonder if I truly heard him correctly, is there really such a thing as a $7000 watch?

 I guess I was meant to live where I am and honestly that life sounds way too stressful to me.
I am glad we went because it was nice to see how other people live. I still think I could live in that fancy barn though. I wonder if they need a live in hired hand.

Later

31 comments:

  1. I just can't imagine a $7000 watch either...must be a Rolex. It's just hurts when I think of all the good that could be done with that money.

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  2. I could live in that barn too. A beauty and I am happy happy to see it reused to make a nice home for someone rather than be torn down or left to rot.

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  3. Hmmm. I have been thinking a lot lately about how money certainly buys more expensive things but that most of these things are NOT necessary. The ONE thing that really irritates me, though, is how so many beautiful lake front properties have become exclusive and you and I are no longer welcome there to enjoy nature's bounty. What a waste, since I doubt many of the wealthy appreciate the beauty as much as you and I do. They just like the idea that it's exclusive. (Just saying)

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  4. Hi! Popping over to say hi, and thanks for your comment on my blog. Looking forward to following your posts here.

    I sometimes wonder if the makers of such items have a good laugh when someone actually buys such outlandishly-priced things. Maybe they convince themselves there is some intangible thing that's worth the $.

    Linda

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  5. It puts me in mind of the old saying: "When one is satisfied with little, enough is as good as a feast."

    Imagine all the worry associated with all those things, and for what?

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  6. Yes, when I hear of that sort of frivolous spending, it hurts when I think of the struggle we have just to buy food sometimes. But I'm happier where I am than I'd be with a $7000 watch.

    Paul and I used to love to go to auctions (cheap ones) back before we had kids!

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  7. Love that barn! Nice that you could get away for part of the day.

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  8. You know...we sometimes think that more money would make us happy. And yes, it would make life easier in some ways, but can you imagine...being worried about losing your watch because of how much it cost...or getting your fancy sports car scratched up? Sounds like a lot of stress to me! :) I'm sure the auction was interesting. You guys know how to find fun!

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  9. I imagine there are some Rolex's that go that high. Sounds like a ridiculous way to spend money.

    I am happy with my Timex too. ;-)

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  10. i would not want to wear a 7,000.00 watch for fear of loosing it or damaging it. i think they are just show pieces anyway!!

    like "look at me, look at me" watches!! it's not for me!!

    it's a fancy, schmancy, barn but i love it!!

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  11. Whoa- that's a little too rich for my blood! HA! Hey that Viper sure does have a pretty shine to it!

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  12. I love that barn -- it is simple, functional, and beautiful. Glad you had a good time seeing a different part of life on earth. I'm with you and your cows any day though.

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  13. what things were on sale and did everything sell for a lot?

    Gill

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  14. Of course there is such a thing as a $7,000 watch! Some people have to spend money to prove they are worth something. I would be much too afraid of losing a watch like that, since I can destroy cheap ones so well.
    I would be much more afraid to drive a car like that red one, though. What if the paint got scratched?

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  15. sadly, have seen plenty of those kinds of watches and rings and things in dallas. doesn't make for happiness or peace of mind.

    and you can bet that man had that watch insured - although his deductible was probably $5,000.

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  16. Expensive things do not make a happy life.

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  18. what a great post. i can't even imagine a $7000 watch, but i'm sure it exists. in fact, i'm sure there are some for more! i just read that someone got a $25,000 manicure for the emmys. it's all relative, but sometimes it is fun to get a glimpse into other people's lives!

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  19. Well the TOP Google hit for "$7000 watch" was this site... http://www.demesy.com/c/PR-M7.html I didn't see any I have to have today... or ever. REALLY $7000... thats just NUTS! I've told Scott the first thing I would do if we came into a bunch of money is pay off all our debts and our siblings debts and set Greg up in a small house he could afford to maintain. THEN I would start helping friends in need.... then expand out to helping more people. It's just not my Nature to live HIGH ON THE HOG!

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  20. It's weird -- I would pay $7,000 for shoes if I had the money, but I wouldn't pay $7,000 for a watch. I guess we see where my priorities are.

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  21. A $7000 watch in that persons mind set... would feed a lot of hungry children in my mind set..that's how I roll....called paying it forward.....and that nice shiny red car...more food for the hungry...not being GREEDY..Priceless....just say'in

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  22. I used to work for a watch company , called Longjean Witnower they did the diamond jubilee watches , at one time they were the most expensive watches made ! They also sponsored and timed the Indy car racing and the Figure skating around the world ! The volt had millions in it of gold and diamond watches !$ 7000 was probably the cheapest ! I had to deal with snooty rich people as I did the catalogs for the company ! I prefer having less money and enjoying life the simple way ! Great post . Have a good day !

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  23. Thats a lot of sheckles for a watch that just goes tic tock... I could travel a lot of places for $7,000

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  24. Yep, hay for the critters, a new house for the goats, a FoodSaver system, some in savings, just think what $7000 could buy! LOL!!

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  25. There is such a thing, but I dont understand why anyone would need it! My $15 watch has been telling time for years ;)

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  26. As near as I can tell, my Grandma's old locket-watch works just as well as a 7,000.00 one. Right?

    Let's remember priorities folks.

    Love all this. Glad you are living where you're living, but yes, I would love to live in a barn like that.

    All joys,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  27. You can pay as much as you can imagine for certain things- it does feel crazy to me. My $40 Timex and I are quite happy, thank you very much!

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  28. I think it's nice to daydream a little about nice houses and things, but I don't really envy them.

    We earned everything we own by honest hard work, never hurt anybody getting it, so we can sleep at nights.

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  29. Beautiful, beautiful barn. I think I could live in it also. I have no idea what makes a watch worth $7000...that is just nuts to me!

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  30. $7000. watch???

    Holy buckets and I feel guilty rich when i spend 6 bucks on shampoo instead of suave...

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  31. Wow...I can't imagine living with the fear of losing/damaging something that cost that much money! I don't wear a watch but I do still have the first one I got for my birthday the year I learned to tell time and though I don't know exactly which birthday that was, I do know it was over 50 years ago. That Timex still works!

    I just Love your photos and find myself wondering if your farm is in Ontario...

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