发表于:2010-12-02 09:41 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
阅读练习。最近在看TWO AND A HALF MEN,看到这篇有意思的,当作阅读练习了:原帖

Fictional Finances: Charlie Harper from “Two and a Half Men”
January 7th, 2009 10:28 pm

Two and a Half MenSupporting your younger brother and his teenage son can be an expensive proposition, especially when your own spending habits run to the absurd. Charlie Harper, the older brother played by Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men,” manages to pull it off, though.

A successful jingle writer and children’s musician, Charlie enjoys a two-story home on the beach in Malibu, a Mercedes in the garage, a surly full-time housekeeper, an expensive - albeit casual - wardrobe, the finest liquor and cigars, and a steady stream of female companions. On top of all that, he supports his brother Alan, a down-market chiropractor, and Alan’s son Jake, a dim-witted teen with a healthy appetite.

Charlie’s income comes from the sales of his enormously popular children’s album and live performances as Charlie Waffles. Additionally, he receives royalties from his earlier jingles, most notably the Maple Loops song. Since he was a moderately recognized recording artist prior to becoming Charlie Waffles, he was probably able to negotiate a royalty rate of around 15 percent on album sales, or roughly $1.79 per CD, which means he made almost $2 million when the Charlie Waffles album went platinum.

It’s a good thing, too. The average home price in Malibu as of December 2008 was a whopping$1,930,206! Even if he put 20 percent down on a 30-year fixed mortgage, his monthly house payment is still over $10,000 before taxes and insurance. His housekeeper, Berta, keeps the place clean and his bowling shirts pressed, but she doesn’t come cheap either. The average salary for a housekeeper in Malibu is $37,000 per year, or just over $3,000 a month. Luckily, her acerbic wit and wisdom are included at no additional charge.

His Mercedes easily ran him $85,000, and his signature bowling shirts sell for $44 apiece. He spends much of his time at the track and frequently returns empty-handed. He is a notorious barfly and prides himself on being the No. 1 bachelor in Malibu. With the average drink price in Los Angeles being 5 percent higher than that of even New York City, going out five nights a week gets expensive quickly. He’s not drinking the cheap stuff, either. He once quipped, “I’ve got two grand in my pocket that’s itchin’ to turn into twelve bucks and a hangover.”

The stunning beauties he often manages to attract are fond of the expensive gifts he lavishes on them and don’t seem to mind his frat-boy antics. Though his brother Alan attempts to be a voice of reason in his life, it is usually to no avail. Besides, Alan is pretty stingy, hoarding what little money he manages to keep from his ex-wife Judith and is more than happy to have Charlie cover the bulk of the expenses.

With all of his frivolous and irresponsible spending habits, Charlie never seems to use credit cards. He is clearly credit-worthy and has plenty of assets. But you never see him break out the plastic. The show implies that he is successful enough to pay cash for everything, from cars to booze to female companionship.

Charlie is a very funny character and provides a glimpse into the life most guys would love to have if they were rich and single. With all the daily aggravations he encounters, Charlie’s signature sense of humor manages to pull him through (with a little help from alcohol). At the rate he spends money, though, he’d better get to work on the next Charlie Waffles album soon!
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