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There's a certain class of people who enjoy the idea of being in nature but are less than enthusiastic about the "dirt" and "sleeping on the ground" and "being outside" parts of the experience. Their idea of roughing it involves a covered caravan, a $750 credit card bill at REI, and a case of white wine. Not red wine, because that would be too luxurious. Within that group, there's a certain subclass of folks who also have something of an nouveau riche air about them. In addition to actually "camping" in decadent comfort, they need to look like they're camping in decadent comfort. The new Opera capsule caravan, styled after the Sydney Opera House, is designed with them in mind:
We can't believe we're saying this, but this "tent" has a wine cabinet and more. Find out what else after the jump.
Times are tough out there financially, with stock market losses, high energy prices, and creeping unemployment taking a toll on people around the world. But while regular folks like you and me might be hurting from the recent gyrations, nobody suffers like the rich. After all, we might have lost a couple grand in our 401(k) accounts, but they've lost millions in all kinds of accounts.
It's worth paying attention to, of course, because rich people's losses stanch the trickle-down effect that normally keeps the poor world alive and happy. Case in point: the Wall Street Journal reports that businesses that cater to the rich, like yacht builders, are "seeing clients tighten their belts." In fact, the director of BVI-based Northrop & Johnson Yacht and Ship said that one New York investor was trying to put off the planned purchase of a $25 million megayacht, and might walk away from the deal altogether.
For this anonymous suffering rich person, we have one word of advice: kayaks.