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A Tale of Two Worlds... - Elf M. Sternberg
A Tale of Two Worlds...
Last night, Omaha and I went out to a fundraiser for Kouryou-chan's struggling, private school. We made a small donation-- we can only ever afford small donations-- but at least we gave more than we ate from the buffet or drank from the open bar. As policy, Omaha and I never drink at these things.

Omaha and I continue to experience the same weird disconnect we do at all of these events. At least twice last night, Omaha and I met other parents who said, "Oh, you're Kouryou-chan's parents! She such a smart and fascinating girl!" Even worse, Omaha and I appear to be a topic of conversation: "My son talks all the time about how Kouryou-chan's dad fell off a cliff. Apparently it made a big impression on him. You two seem to live such intersting lives." That was a common refrain. There seems to be, at this private school, parents who live "interesting lives," and parents who live boring but highly pecunious lives, and the pecunious would enjoy doing more interesting things, and the interesting would enjoy having a little more money. Nobody ever gets what they want out of life.

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phred1973 From: phred1973 Date: November 21st, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That tickles at a lyric that's been in my head this week, from the tune "Demeter's Daughter": "You can never have all you want, and you never want what's within reach" Dunno why, as it's not entirely apt, but there it is.

Reminds me of being an Army recruiter. The rich kids were always A) Looking to do something cool - Airborne infantry, Special Forces, crypto liguistics, stuff like that. The invariably had a laundry list of tickets for speeding, underage drinking, marijuana possession, racing, illegal (aftermarket) parts on their cars... they were looking for a thrill. The parents were... boring.

From: qtplatypus Date: November 22nd, 2010 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Crypto is trilling? But its just math, a geek like me would find it interesting but I can't see someone who would rice there car finding it at all interesting.
phred1973 From: phred1973 Date: November 22nd, 2010 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, those aren't the riced cars, those are the quiet ones who just happen to be hot for pot when they walk in the first time. That is weird to me, but it happens.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 22nd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Oooh, a new word (to me)! Cool!

Money can't buy happiness, but it can sure help make the misery more bearable.
From: technoshaman Date: November 22nd, 2010 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
To a point. There's a cost to money... and beyond a certain point, I can't afford to pay.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 22nd, 2010 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Everything in moderation.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 22nd, 2010 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Better yet...

Everything in moderation. Even moderation.
From: technoshaman Date: November 22nd, 2010 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Better yet...

This. :)
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 22nd, 2010 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Better yet...

...and especially single-word sentences. ;-)
ladyallyn From: ladyallyn Date: November 22nd, 2010 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Tell me with some lead time and I'll donate a print next time around. I've done it a few times and they've always brought at least a couple hundred bucks.
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