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Here in Northern Virginia there are a few more than average newly rich types who have made their fortunes in the booming and frequently mindless technology arena. Occasionally one can spot a Rolls-Royce on the road, usually driven by one such newly wealthy individual.

Not long ago a nouveau-riche techie developer erected his monument to himself and acquired a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Having such a possession isn't enough--he simply couldn't wait to show it off.

After a meeting with the bank he offered one of the senior officers a ride home.

"What do you think?" he couldn't resist asking his passenger after a mile or two. "Pretty classy, eh? I bet you've never ridden in one of these before."

"Actually, I have," replied the banker graciously, "but this is the first time in the front seat ..."