My vote is for the latest GMC car commercial. It starts out with a young couple—he especially looks to be in his 20s—yet they are in a house that in my neighborhood would be a many-million dollar house, if we had any multi-million dollar houses. Their neighborhood is probably way more upscale than mine.
But, that is common in TV ads: showing absurdly young couples in absurdly expensive houses. In real life, they must wonder why they are living in a cramped, run-down, fourth-floor, over-heated apartment (with cockroaches).
She tells him he doesn’t have to worry about her gift for Christmas this year because she bought matching watches for them both. He says that’s great, but step outside for a moment. He proudly shows her two GMC vehicles he bought, a blue truck for him, a smaller, red SUV for her. She jumps into the blue truck, squealing she loves it. “But, but . . . ” he replies weakly, that was supposed to be his. She says again, from the driver’s seat now, but more firmly this time, she loves the truck, end of discussion.
My complaint is that they secretly buy themselves expensive gifts and justify it by buying their spouse something similar, with no discussion. You never see this in real life because such couples do not stay married long.
I have heard the story of Pierre du Pont, the developer of Longwood Gardens, and his wife, Alice: He was going to buy her a string of pearls for her birthday, but she told him she already had enough jewelry and she would rather have a string of trees planted along Kennett Pike (which he also developed and owned). He complied, and the trees were long called “Alice’s Pearls.” (I am trying to find where they were to see if any are left. It was about 100 years ago.)
This is how real rich people act.