Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

I’m surprised Abele doesn’t just get a new car every time


Aaron Rodriguez tries to get his arms around how a public figure like Chris Abele can get parking ticket after parking ticket and pay them instead of just plugging the parking meter each time.

Okay, so the guy doesn’t pay taxes; but if you can drop millions without a flinch, then you can spare a few quarters. This all plays into a larger framework of thinking rules apply to everyone but you. I suppose we should have noticed when Milwaukee Magazine did a piece on Abele that indicated he had problems with “no parking” zones in the past. It was largely a piece that went unnoticed by the media, but it painted a thorough picture on what it was like to be a son of a billionaire.

Famously, F. Scott Fitzgerald is misquoted by Ernest Hemingway, “The rich are different from you and me.” To which Hemingway claimed he responded, “Yes, they have more money.” Hemingway actually twisted the story to avoid looking like the butt of someone else’s joke.

Here is what Fitzgerald actually wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”

Upon learning Abele’s license plate reads “PRFR0CK,” I confess to the temptation of making a Citizen Kane “Rosebud” joke. (For fun we’ll note film critic Roger Ebert’s license plate is “Rozebud.”) However, there is a different sort of man that would vainly demonstrate his education on a vanity plate, just as there is a different man who can ignore the petty tolls of the parking meter only to pay the larger fines later. I’m left to wonder if the Charles Foster Kane example applies.

You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.

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