Ahhhh good old Joni Mitchell.
Perhaps her "Pave Paradise" says it better.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David Boyd 
  To: [log in to unmask] 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 12:22 AM
  Subject: Re: How Much Money?

  Not by any means Eliotic, but apposite perhaps:-

  Rows and flows of angel hair
  And ice cream castles in the air
  And feather canyons everywhere
  I've looked at clouds that way

  But now they only block the sun
  They rain and snow on everyone
  So many things I would have done
  Clouds got in my way

  I've looked at clouds from both sides now
  From up and down, and still somehow
  It's cloud illusions I recall
  I really don't know clouds at all

  Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
  The dizzy dancing way that you feel
  As every fairy tale comes real
  I've looked at love that way

  But now it's just another show
  And you leave 'em laughing when you go
  And if you care, don't let them know
  Don't give yourself away

  I've looked at love from both sides now
   From give and take and still somehow
  It's love's illusions I recall
  I really don't know love
  Really don't know love at all

  Tears and fears and feeling proud
  To say "I love you" right out loud
  Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
  I've looked at life that way

  Oh but now old friends they're acting strange
  And they shake their heads
  And they tell me that I've changed
  Well something's lost but something's gained
  In living every day

  I've looked at life from both sides now
  From win and lose and still somehow
  It's life's illusions I recall
  I really don't know life at all
  It's life's illusions I recall
  I really don't know life
  I really don't know life at all

  On 12 April 2011 08:10, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

    Is the American dream on the same cloud?


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
    To: <[log in to unmask]>

    Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 7:19 AM
    Subject: Re: How Much Money?

    > Jerome Walsh wrote:
    > > Ken,
    > >
    > > Here's a hard datum to work with.  I'm a retired full professor in the
    > > humanities, and my retirement account, at its max, didn't come
    > > anywhere near $300K.  I am (and have always been) single, have no
    > > dependents, and my life style has been far from lavish.  Perhaps I've
    > > been underpaid all my life?  (I've always felt so, but the
    > > universities apparently have not agreed.<grin>).
    >   Grin and bear it, I reckon. Thanks for your testimony, Jerry. It's
    > actually kind of a soft datum, but the questions it raises get farther
    > from any discussion I'm looking for . Getting rather close to retirement
    > myself, I'm waiting for David to let me know where I can pick up the
    > millions he's assigned to me (hopefully not from his preserve in cloud
    > cuckoo land). Oh, that would be grand, or at least many more hundred
    > grand than the figure my credit union accountant has, in his few quick
    > strokes of the CPA way, assigned to me. I _know_ I was underpaid. But
    > everyone makes choices....when does the Nobel committee meet?
    > Cheers,
    > Ken A