We went to a birthday party Saturday -- next door -- the house with the $20,000 pool and the $10000 in landscaping and $5000 in patio additions. It makes my backyard look like a barnyard.
When it comes down to it, it's all about money. Impressing everyone and keeping up with the Jones' is about hard cash and the time it takes to do all the do-it-yourself projects to make you think you're saving big bucks.
I'm neither complaining nor drooling. The Oak Park days these ain't.