Ok, so in my group of friends I was the first to own my own home and to own my second (not simultaneous) home. I never really thought about it, but I guess there was a certain amount of ego in that. So when some friends of mine, a married couple, started putting up Facebook photos of their new home (in the middle of construction), I noticed that it was big. Like, really big. It didn't bother me at the time: they're both professionals, with post-grad degrees in pretty lucrative fields, and they should be making a good amount of money to allow themselves to buy their (non-simultaneous, I think) second home. So why did I feel a little thrill of "I'm better than you" when it turns out the gigantic house they were building was really a block of townhouses, and they're "only" building one of those units? I really try to be a better friend than that, and I won't ever let them know I felt that way, but what kind of asshole feels that way about his friends?