I met with a colleague to talk about the (small) center that I now run on campus. He also runs a center and we are members of each other's centers. We are also both Associate Professors and both have had similar grants and pubs. But we are in different social science departments.
But in his office he has two huge flat screens and an iPad! And I don't.
Plus, his office is brand new and has a beautiful view. Many of our colleagues are in offices that don't even have air conditioning!
There is such inequity in the distribution of resources on this campus. Honestly, I'm surprised there is not even more bitterness and complaining here. His department also gets enough graduate funding to fund all their graduate students to the max. But another and closely related dept only gets enough to fund at 60%.
(But I have to remember to ask him how he justified getting an iPad with his research money! I want one.)