Idiots like Jason Leong, who dreams of buying a house someday:
Jason Leong, 24, a makeup artist at Stila Cosmetics at Westfield Shoppingtown Valley Fair in San Jose, said he's more charged by the thrill of a new trinket than the attention it generates. He holds up his right wrist to show off a prized find, a canvas Christian Dior bracelet.Median home price in San Jose: $565,000.
``This one was $180,'' he said, ``but it makes me happy, so it's worth it.''
Leong has tried to cut back on his high-end purchases from a year ago, reducing his $1,000 a month spending budget, which was 60 percent of his take-home salary, to about $400 a month. He now sets aside $25 a week toward the purchase of a house so that he can move out of his father's place in Hayward.
When he walked into the Hugo Boss store at Valley Fair on a recent shopping jaunt, three salespeople gave him a nod and acknowledged him by name.
``This,'' he said, ``is where I go when I want to spend money.''
Even more than the egregiously stupid and shallow creatures that populate the rest of the article, Jason makes me sad. By the time he saves enough for a 20% down payment, he'll be over 100 years old.