Yesterday we visited some acquaintances from our former life. We knew them through Charlie's position and attended business functions, which were disguised as social events, with them a couple of times a year. These were the kinds of events where I spent the entire plane flight memorizing flash cards of names and rank, children's names, home locations, etc. I am not naturally good at these things but I certainly know how to do them well, albeit with a bit of effort. This couple lives about an hour and a half from our beach condo and we had visited them a couple of times at their home. Since Charlie left that position we had not seen them although he had kept in touch through mutual friends. I had moved on with my life.
So, through a series of emails and events we re-established contact and made plans to get together for lunch. First up was to meet at their home - an amazing lakefront property which is exquisitely decorated and perfect in every way. Not my style but definitely beautiful and she is an elegant and easy hostess. She's had lots of practice as he had a minor political career. After some snacks and really good lemonade we went to a nice restaurant for lunch where we enjoyed the food and conversation.
Then came the strange part. Their community is full of amazing homes and the big names that go with that. After lunch, as we drove through the streets of the community she would name who lived in each home - a basketball player here, a football player there, a bank president on this corner, a well-known politician that corner........This went on for about an hour! The funny part is I don't follow sports so had only a vague notion of who the sports figures were. I live in DC so I'm not impressed by politicians, and "Carrot Top" is one of the worst comedians ever. And I'm not a fan of conspicuous consumption (do people use that term any more?).
I'm still wondering why this was the "entertainment" for the day instead of nice walk down the cute little streets of the town after lunch, or back to their home for coffee and conversation. Any theories?