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Try a Little Tenderness

Green Street.newyorkshittyOn the way to my polling place today, I collided with an L.A. stereotype. An attractive woman getting out of a new black Porsche, collecting her well-dressed toddler from the car seat was screaming to her husband about the fu*king neighbors: “They’re ALWAYS blocking the driveway and they NEVER pick up their dog shit.” She kept repeating it, getting more furious with each reprise. Did I mention she parked her shiny Porsche in a way that blocked pedestrians from the sidewalk. Why is this woman with so much, so mad?

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6 comments for “Try a Little Tenderness”

  1. Meghan says:

    How hilarious to witness something like this. Makes me realize that there’s some truth to the L.A. caricature! In April Vanity Fair had an article that made the point that having tons of money can be very stressful. Hard for me to imagine, lol. I guess that making a lot of money can really put you in the spotlight of the IRS. One disadvantage.

    • wendy says:

      Happily, L.A. is a very complex city, with a diverse population. Rich, embittered folks are just one small sliver.

  2. RS says:

    Indeed. “Riches” (whether they be money, beauty, power. . .) can be a hazardous gift. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. . .” I think this can be understood as a very important, deep, human truth (rather than a narrow, sectarian, dogmatic one). And. I think there is no surer guarantee of unhappiness in life than a sense of entitlement. And no more certain path to joy in life than a sense of wonder and gratitude for everything as a gift unmerited, freely given and received.

  3. Jules says:

    She only has a lot materially. Can make for a very empty experience.

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