For the purpose of being accurate yet relating to the song, I had to switch genders a bit. You’ll see what I mean.
When my husband and I were in college, we knew a guy (let’s call him Ed. Not his real name) who was horrible with money. I mean really, truly horrible. He was also late on paying bills or never had enough money for bills. He couldn’t hold a job. He borrowed money from everyone, and was the biggest moocher I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. People gave him everything: food, books, homework assignments, rides, their car, their credit card numbers…everything. Because he was such a nice guy, no one wanted to see him in a bad spot. But he always was. Always.
He was a bit of a criminal, too. He got into some trouble running a scam against Sears and then he wracked up a ton of debt in his (now ex) girlfriend’s name. I think there was even an incident where he crashed a car and didn’t tell the owner and never paid for the damage. Ridiculous.
But the icing on the cake was not that everyone forgave him for his financial indiscretions. No, the icing is that this dude had some of the best luck I’ve ever seen. For instance, we once went to Atlantic City. He put a $20 bill into a slot machine, played $1 worth and won $800 (the whole purpose behind playing was to get change. Why he didn’t get it elsewhere still escapes me). Another incident involved him getting into an altercation at a bar; he was injured by a bouncer and won some sort of crazy settlement that sustained him for quite a while. Also ridiculous.
And even though this guy was a financial nightmare, he always had a girlfriend (or two or three. And then an extra girl he was sleeping with). I never figured out why someone so irresponsible and untrustworthy always had girls falling all over him. I guess it’s the whole stereotype that girls like bad guys.
Which segways nicely into today’s Money Tune, Bowling For Soup’s Girl All The Bad Guys Want. Enjoy!