lundi 13 avril 2009

Fierce People

The dinner was served on Rothschild pattern porcelain, the cutlery was antique silver.  The wine glasses were crystal and the water was served in monogrammed Asprey silver beakers.  

The table was decorated with Herend bunnies.  Like five thousand dollars worth of them.

The whole set up was somewhat ridiculous.  Over the top.  Craziness.

I was eating sunday lunch - Easter lunch, in fact - at my friends' apartment in the centre of Paris.  The friends are the odd couple that I talked about a while back.  One is French, the other American.  

The French guy works 9-5 in a dull office job, the American has a trust fund.  Really.  A trust fund.  Admittedly, he had to take his father to court to get him to pay out, but hey, that's Americans for you (apologies to my American reader).

Anyway, the food was sublime and the conversation ranged from political debate (spare me) to hilarious tales of blowjobs in car parks (not me, oddly enough).  It was a good, if not very christian, way to spend Easter sunday.

After dinner, we headed out to a bar.  On the way out of the apartment, I stopped to look at some photos.  They looked like stills from a movie of any F Scott Fitzgerald novel.  Beautiful people, living a beautiful lifestyle.  With servants.

"Is this your Mom?" I asked.

"Yeah, that was the last photo of her before she died".

"She was beautiful"  I said.  The photo was of a handsome woman, admiring flowers in the grounds of what looked like a stately home, New England style.  "Where was the photo taken?"

"Oh, that's at my summer cottage.  In Maine."

I felt like Dorothy.  A long way from Kansas.  A long way from home. 

21 commentaires:

A Lewis a dit…

Pardon me? You went to a bar on EASTER after a slam against Americans?? Jesus wouldn't be happy.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Lewis - Jesus would be even less happy if he saw what followed me home....

Valleys Mam a dit…

so get the red slippers on.
an jesus and histwelve males friends were in the garden of gesthemene with young naked boys u know so chill

aims a dit…

I guess as long as all the pretentiousness makes them happy....

Are they?

travelling, but not in love a dit…

VM, I tried clicking my heels, but nothing happened, hehe...

Aims, I'm not sure it's pretentiousness, just old money. And they're a happy pair, even if a little mismatched - but hey, that can work sometimes, no?

Daryl a dit…

I suspect this is not pretentious but the way he was raised ... OTOH when you visit me you will want to immediately organize a charity to fix the way we live

Pure Poser a dit…

I LOVE the idea of red glittery shoes! You must buy some!

Thinking about it, one messiah, 12 blokes that follow him... I'm thinking big gang bang there.

Judas obviously wasn't given enough BJ's, so he betrayed him! It all makes sense now! Am I the only thinking this?

travelling, but not in love a dit…

D, I'm thinking NYC later in the year actually.....hmm. And I'm sure you live a life of unfettered glamour....

Poser, that's not the first time this weekend that someone has suggested that to me...not sure if my Mother would cope with Jesus being declared a big old pooftah though....

Lane a dit…

The rich are certainly different.
So different...:-)

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Lane, these guys are just like me...but richer. And not as good looking. And not as funny. Nor as sexy. In fact, who needs money when you've got the rest? he he

Swearing Mother a dit…

Just read in the Sunday newspapers that Paris is THE most expensive place on earth right now, so you are doing OK even without a trust fund.

Pure Poser a dit…

Truth hurts though doesn't it? Encourage your mam to be buddhist - no god there - just searching for self enlightment.

Promise me you'll find the shoes!

12ontheinside a dit…

I wish I had a summer cottage like that. Or any summer cottage actually!

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Sweary - it's really not that expensive for us euro-earners...but for anyone with pounds it's disastrous....

Poser, There's already one buddhist in the family - that's enough!

12oti, me too. It looked amazing - 6 bedrooms, pool, hot and cold running staff, hehe

Elfinamsterdam a dit…

I should have had a Trust Fund when I lived in Paris.
I needed one, man its pricey!

I have some friends like that, and we get on grand on common territory, but I wouldn't invite them back to mine having see their houses!

Get thee to a shoeshop and buy some sparkly red ones! :)

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Elf, I already bought shoes this weekend - I'm not allowed any more until, erm, next weekend? he he. I'm a recovering shoe-aholic.

wontletlifedefineme a dit…

... wow. I'd feel.. slightly alienated too.

amy a dit…

I've got red shoes too - if you need any backup next time!

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Marjolein, it was odd, but they're lovely.

Amy, you'd be very welcome too. Bring those red shoes Dorothy!

cb a dit…

I don't have any funds... Trust or otherwise. Just for the record. Ahem!

travelling, but not in love a dit…

CB - but what you got, you sure got, baby.