I had to chuckle at a family that checked-in in front of me at the Thompson Hollywood then who I ran into again at the pool. While not as offensive as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, you just have to wonder about some people.
“Peter And Judith” Boast At The Thompson Hollywood
It was a family of three, parents in their late 40s or early 50s and a teenage daughter. As they checked in front of me, the father began sharing that they were visiting from Beacon Hill (a posh neighborhood in Boston) and that their daughter…but before he could finish his sentence his wife jabbed him on the side.
I thought she smartly realized that the front desk agent probably did not care, but she just wanted to take over. She said that their daughter had just started at Harvard and that she was the fourth generation family member at Harvard (talk about affirmative action…).
“Peter” continued that she was studying…and was again cut off by “Judith.” Judith shared that she was studying chemistry and would be a veterinarian one day. Peter added that she was also studying music and was against cut-off so that Judith could tell the poor front desk agent that her daughter had been playing violin since she was six years old.
Somehow the conversation shifted to… investment properties…and Peter mentioned that they were in California to look at one of their apartment buildings. Judith interjected that it was one of several properties they own “around the world.”
Ok fine. Rich people being rich people, I suppose, and thinking the world revolves around them.
But wait, there’s more.
I go sit up on the pool deck later.
There they are. The girl is swimming and Peter and Judith were bickering about something. All of a sudden a waitress turns up to see if they wanted something to drink.
And it began once again…
The Harvard boast. The property boast. This time they added that they flew business class on JetBlue and it was “really nice.” Judith also added that the Thompson pool reminded her of their indoor pool at home. To the pool girl. Wow…
I said nothing. But goodness gracious folks, get a grip. No one wants to hear that.
So why did I call them Judith and Peter? If you’ve ever watched Come Fly With Me on BBC, you’ll know why. I could not believe how often she interrupted him. What a family.
image: BBC / Come Fly With Me (fair use)