For Love or Money

Anna Nicole at the Supreme Court: Who would have thought we’d ever see a meeting like this one? On the set we’ve been debating the merits of her case because it brings up the classic question about whether people marry for love or money. While I don’t think the money hurt, I am probably in the minority because I think Anna Nicole Smith and J. Howard Marshall loved each other in their own way.

Anna Nicole had a rough upbringing. She had a child during a quick marriage to a local fry cook. Then, one night, an old man mourning the death of his second wife and his mistress entered the topless club where Anna Nicole was working. For the next three years he relentlessly pursued her, showering her with gifts, professing his love, begging her to marry him. She finally said yes. If she only was in it for the money, wouldn’t she have said “yes” much, much earlier?

When I checked Webster’s definition of “love,” the first definition that is listed is “a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, or a sense of underlying oneness.” I don’t know her. I didn’t know him. But I just don’t think the whole thing was all about money.

What is interesting is the lack of talk about J. Howard Marshall’s son’s role in all of this. A federal judge determined that the elder Mr. Marshall instructed his attorneys to create a “catch all” trust for Anna Nicole. Instead, the judge found that Marshall’s son and one of the attorneys replaced several key pages of the trust to sabotage Mr. Marshall’s intent. A bankruptcy judge cited that “secret plan” when he awarded Anna Nicole $475 million. The amount was later reduced to $88.5 million.

Maybe I’m nuts, but I feel sympathy for her.

Did you hear the segment on our show about the woman who faked her death to get out of paying a parking ticket? The Judge has an even better one. He says a guy contesting a ticket for driving without a license plate claimed that he didn’t need a license plate on his car while driving in New Jersey. Why? Because his home state of California doesn’t require license plates on cars and the car was registered in California. Right. Millions of cars in California don’t have license plates. Well, The Judge didn’t buy that either. The guy was found guilty.

Finally, am I cheap or am I frugal? We’re having this argument. When we go to the movies we go to the matinee showing because the tickets are half price. We also frequently check out movies from the library for free. They aren’t the latest movies, but often the current movies aren’t appropriate for kids so we wouldn’t want to see them anyway. Think about it: If we take our kids to the movies it costs up to $74.50. We buy six adults tickets and two kids tickets. The other two kids are too young for the movies. If you go to the matinee it costs $40. If we go to the library, it costs $0. You do the math. Steve says I’m cheap.

Here are some of your stories:

Steve in Minnesota says his mother rinses out and reuses paper coffee filters.

Debbie says her daughter, who makes a good salary, buys her clothes at Goodwill... but only on half-price days.

Lita in California says a friend of hers confessed to buying two-ply toilet paper and splitting it onto two separate rolls.

Carrie in Illinois says her uncle, who is an attorney, went to a pizza place with his family. After another family gets up and leave a half-eaten pizza, they sat down and ate the rest. Gross.

Nancy in Texas cuts Oil of Olay washcloths in half.

De Ann in Florida cuts the end out of the toothpaste to use it all up.

What stories do you have? E-mail them to me at via my Web site: We’d love to share some later this week.

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