Thursday, June 23, 2005


Just a couple of notes

On the LA front, I'm headed to a birthday party tonight at the Standard Hotel on Sunset. It's one of those hyper trendy LA hotel bars with the pool on the roof, the view of downtown and the hills, and parking and drinks that cost an arm and a leg. Still, it's a pretty LA sort of thing to do, so I'll report back in the morning about it.

I've been to the one downtown . . . which is pretty cool. You're among all four of LA's skyscrapers, next to some pool, 30 or so stories above the streets, it's December and it's 70 degrees. That's some good stuff.

We'll see how tonight goes.

On another note, in the wake of Batman Begins (which I liked quite a bit), Forbes magazine is actually projecting how much it would cost someone to be a real life version of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego. Curious? Well, you don't have to be a billionaire.

Nope. It costs $3,365,449 per year, more or less.

Yup. And it breaks down like this -- the fight training will run you about 30K, but the suit and belt are a reasonable $1,585 and $290, respectively. The car's a lot - about $2 million (which is rough, since it seems like he goes through one per movie).

Rounding out the rest of the costs, Forbes suggests that cave rental (or rental of a warehouse in the outer boroughs of New York) would run about $24K per year. Meanwhile, to project that stately Wayne Manor kind of image, you'll need about $1,109,574 for the billionaire playboy lifestyle and $200K for a kickin' butler like Alfred.

So don't all of you run out and start fighting crime all at once! Me, I'm waiting to get bitten by that radioactive spider.

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