Wednesday, February 14, 2007


San Francisco's historic State Armory and Arsenal building has been reborn as a pornographic film studio, after proposals to turn it into a church, storage space, and condos got shot down. "The planning code," says Amit Ghosh, the city's Planning Department director, "is not really worried with moral propriety." (in The Wall Street Journal)

The number of checks paid in the U.S. fell to 36.6 billion in 2003 from 49.5 billion in 1995. From 2000 to 2003, the number of debit card transactions jumped from 8.3 billion to 15.6 billion, and the number of credit card transactions climbed from 15.6 billion to 19 billion. (AP in the Los Angeles Times)

(The above from Harold Maass' The Best of Today's Business)

Sex Lives Of The Super-Rich
by Allison Van Dusen

Ever wonder how your life would change if you suddenly became filthy rich?

Well, for one thing, you'd have a better sex life. That's the finding of a new report by market research and consulting company Prince & Associates, and private wealth expert Hannah Grove.

The 2006 survey released last month looked at the sexual views, behavior and experiences of just under 600 men and women, most of whom were married, an average age of 57 and with a net worth of $89 million.

The findings showed that the majority, 63% of men and 84% of women, credited their wealth with helping them achieve a better sex life. In addition, 43% of men and 80% of women said they believe their money has let them lead more daring and exciting sex lives. One-third of men and 72% of women are members of the mile-high club, having had sex while in flight; all had access to a private jet. [...]

Patti Britton, [president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists] and author of The Art of Sex Coaching, says the findings aren't surprising because the respondents’ extreme wealth means less struggling to feed and house themselves and more downtime and luxuries, such as spa weekends and lavish vacations--the perfect backdrop, some argue, for a robust sex life. [...]

Sex For The Rest Of Us

But if you're not pulling in the big or even medium bucks, don't despair. More money doesn't always equal bedroom fireworks.

Barnaby Barratt, a Santa Barbara-based sex therapist, says people shouldn't just assume that the wealthy generally have sex lives worthy of envy. Barratt says some studies have shown that people in upper-income brackets, earning more along the lines of $100,000 to $1 million a year, have high-stress professions--think stock brokers, attorneys or physicians. They don't usually have a lot of time to devote to sex. In fact, that portion of their lives may deteriorate.

"It tends to be a sort of quick engagement, quick sex or wham-bam sex and it's not as satisfying to people," Barratt says. "A lot of people in high-powered positions--their sex life dwindles."

Is it significant that twice as many women as men have had sex while flying ?
Or is it just a statistical fluke, because of the low sample size ?


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