Nov 26, 2012

Child of the 1%

There has been a lot of talk about wealth during the past couple of years, in part because of the deficit and what seems to most an unfair tax code and in part because ex-candidate WMR has so much money he can’t tell what he has paid in taxes.

I wrote a blog excoriating Mitt- the- budding- barber from his days at Cranbrook.  I said I knew lots of people like him, and I did and do.  Once you have met a person like that you can tell them a mile away.  And it’s not just the boys like Mitt who will never be men.

In the interest of equality, here is the rich girl mirror of Mitt.  Tall and thin, blue-eyed and incredibly dumb, you could tell that she would become a social x-ray in her “adulthood.”  At school, I was surprised that the smart mean girls who hung around her could tolerate her.  I have come to the conclusion that they knew that she was dumb, but more importantly, she was one of them:  rich.  Rich beyond what most of us could even begin to comprehend.

She had this odd persona ~ in that she really didn’t have one ~ that could have predicted America’s love of celebrity.  More girls than hung around her knew about her boyfriend:  another rich kid.

For me, her Mitt-moment came when I realized that she stole small things from the merchants in town because she thought it was “fun.”  I remember very little else about her, except that I saw her at one of our reunions, and she is the pinched nosed social x-ray I thought she would be, not stylish, but expensive and safe.  Very safe.


1 Comment

  • Ok, so give me the initials of the girl. I’m dying to know.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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