Friday, November 13, 2009

Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing

Another car for my future midlife crisis.

I have always been a fan of the 1954 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. I loved that car even while in high school. While others had posters of the Lamborghini Countach or Ferrari Daytona on their bedroom posters, I have always dreamed of owning a Mercedes Gullwing someday. Alas I knew I would never earn enough money to own one of those million dollar originals. Now Mercedes has updated the Gullwing so that I can own one for a minimum of 200 freaking thousand dollars. Alas, like back in high school, that might as well be a million dollars.

People have the mistaken image of doctors as fat cats driving around in their Rolls Royce on their way to Per Se to dine on imported truffles and caviar before jetting off to Paris to watch an opera. While doctors are relatively well off, we're not Bill Gates or Warren Buffett rich. We may not be worried about where our next meal is coming from but most doctors live paycheck to paycheck, saving just enough for our mortgages and children's college educations. When the federal government talks about raising taxes on people making over $250,000 it directly affects people like physicians, who make just enough to have to pay higher taxes but not enough to not be bothered by it. If somebody is making a million dollars a year, they probably have enough to cover the extra tax payments. But a physician who makes $250k will have to cut back in order to pay the higher taxes.

So even though I'm making a very decent income, the Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing is still a pipe dream, just like the Porsche Panamera. It's nice to dream about but for now I'll be getting into my seven year old Honda Accord to get to work.

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