Here's a New York Times article making the rounds.
A financial "pro" - who answered an ad for "securities" thinking it was for a security guard (yes, really) - gets caught up in the consumer lifestyle in Las Vegas and has to walk away from his house.
Great cultural history of American nonchalance. Much like the New York Times guy who lost HIS house.
But here's how this won't happen to YOU - read these books about investing.