I now understand the moral isolation of the rich. For part of Spring Break got to spend a week on Balboa Island off of Newport Beach. It’s so clean and delightful my sister asked if we were in “The Truman Show”. I was lucky to the live auctioneer at our school fundraiser last year who no one could hear. I also had done research on the items and knew they had low balled the value of this charming house which was up for auction for a week of Spring Break. So as the bidding progressed Slowly, I jumped in with my bid, no one countered and it was Sold! To me.
Mark is working so hard he was not able to come down for a minute. But, he is so dear as I came in from a break of paddle boarding I phoned him and said, Gosh I was so much a part of the development of Bombo, but now that it’s open you are working non stop and I’m wondering if tonight I should make a Gin and Tonic with lots of lime or a Manhattan with rye or bourbon?
One night it was just us so we went to the movie theater at Fashion Island nearby. I was once told the average income around there is $750k a year. My ticket was $22. I almost fell out of my ballet flats.
“No way” I wailed. “we are not going.” But, Vivien begged and we were there, and it was vacation. I relented. “Okay, but we are never coming here again.” My rant was abated when we walked into the lobby and it looked like a Four Seasons, or at least 3. A handsome young man stood behind a counter asking me if I wanted to purchase a glass of wine or beer on tap. The price of my ticket faded from my mind when he said, “if you would like a second glass during the movie I can bring you that.” Wouldn’t you know it an hour later he did! Later Rex asked how I liked “Home”. I thought, gee, I don’t know, seemed more enjoyable than all those other animated movies I sit through with you guys, but I had two glass of nice California white, so my judgement is impaired. “It was pretty.” I said.
Most of the week we barely drove. I’m so sick of driving. I am obssessed with my pediometer app. I was cracking 10 thousand steps no problem as we walked to the ferry, to the paddle boats, to a Balboa ice cream bar, to rent a motor boat. Water, views, breezes everywhere. Where were the homeless? They must ship them up to LA. I couldn’t figure it out. In our sister school there was an encampment.. tents, flooring materials, stench, but here, there isn’t so much as a gum stain on the street. ( sidebar, I finally got to the right people in the city and the trees were trimmed and we got the encampment moved).
It’s easy to feel like the problems of the world are far away. Or at least in Santa Ana. I do prefer paddle boarding over driving, but hey, that’s what vacations are for, right? But, it seems like it’s always vacation down here in the OC. Is it wrong to enjoy living like this? I’ve always thought it was, but now not sure.