Tuesday, December 08, 2015

"Oh, the Danburrys! Big alums!"

In my current lifestyle, I not infrequently come into contact with people who are at that next level of wealth and connection -- the one where it goes beyond just having a comfortable income and having what you need in terms of consumer goods and the like: the level where they're not the ones going to the gala charity functions, and not organizing them, but being the whales that support them or the name that gets it done in the first place. But I think this is maybe where I, personally, top out -- me with my small-town Methodist pridefully-poor background, my scholarship-supported Ivy League education, etc.; I get glimpses of what happens behind those doors, and occasionally get vaguely invited into the lobby ... but I don't know how to walk through, nor, honestly, what I would want that for. Case in point: a family party Mr. Gleemonex and the kids and I went to on Saturday night. Fun party, love the hostess, but the place was chock full of the kind of people who are on the boards of stuff (i.e., a person more adept at and desirous of making that type of connection could've had a very productive evening), and I spent fully half of my time talking to two 20-something German au pairs. Oh well! They were funny and interesting -- who cares if they can't get me on some bullshit board.

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Anonymous Maggie said...

I feel this. We are at a point in our lives where we come into contact with those types sometimes and I just can't really swing it and I know it. The schools in our area are undergoing a restructuring that isn't looking good. H and I were trying to figure out what the hell we were going to do with our kids if things really went tits up at their schools. The first thing we crossed off the list was to move to a much fancier area with very good schools because we know we've hit the top of our class comfort level.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Gleemonex said...

Right?? It's kind of a weird thing to realize -- even if we had double the money we have, or triple, or whatever, do I want to live (and could I pull off the act of living) amongst those people? I am thinking not. I'm ok with it -- it's just ... odd, knowing that.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Gleemonex said...

PS: Schools, godDAMN ... best of luck to you and your family. I know what you mean -- the choices are all pretty tough.

2:16 PM  

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