I have a friendly rivalry with my older siblingâ€¦ Both of us keep a spreadsheet to see who has made the worst decisions that have led us to our current state compared to where we thought we would be as younger men.
Take marriage for example.
He has one ex-partner and I have two so I “win” in that category. He got arrested on a minor charge while my record is clean, so he has “bettered” me in that category. I have more traffic tickets but because they are not criminal, I get no “credit” for screwing up. Our careers are about equal. I worked in the private sector while he worked for many neighborhood or county sanitation departments. Both of us both graduated from college but he went on to get an MBA and so I chalk that up as a victory in my screwed-up column. One genre that my sibling wins hands down is with our failed attempts at do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. He once tried to install his Heating, Ventilation & A/C system. He managed to get the oil furnace and air handler in their proper position, but he suffered a poor chop trying to create air duct with some seasoned tin snips. Then, we had to take him to the emergency ward when he discovered that charging the system with refrigerant was more complicated than inflating a tire. It cost him almost double to proper his mistakes and spend money the hospital bills. I’m not sure how I will be able to screw up to get back in competition with him, but it absolutely won’t involve any Heating, Ventilation & A/C projects. I’ll leave that to the Heating, Ventilation & A/C professionals as he should have done.