It was interesting to read that one in 17 Alaskans are millionaires and that the figure is actually up from one in 20 the last time they counted.
Now, when I drive into town, I will assume that every 17th vehicle contains a millionaire and that every 17th house or apartment has a wealthy occupant. This compares to the national average of roughly 1 millionaire per 33 people.
I began to suspect as much when I noticed a bell ringer during the holidays was wearing French cuff links made from gold nuggets. And when one of the 17 carry-out folks declined a tip and instead offered to give me five dollars "just to even things out."
I once knew a lad whose parents were millionaires. It can be a curse, believe me. For instance, he could never spend his allowance because none of the merchants would accept bills larger than $50. And all those times when his chauffeur was sick. Or the Caviar Shortage of 1987. I used to feel sorry for him, but now I know that his pain is being shared by at least one of every 17 Alaskans that I will panhandle from today.
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