Coffee in Money Town

Last week we had a few days of cold (for us) weather.  The beach fog rolled in thick and heavy causing a light drizzle at times.  It was perfect weather to hang out at Starbucks sipping coffee and getting caught up with friends.  I admit, I made more than one Starbucks trip, with more than one friend, over the course of a few days.  

The local Money Town Starbucks is a microcosm of Money Town itself.  Due to the dreary weather it was packed with people every time I visited.  I ran into several people I know while there.  In addition, I did a lot of observing.  There's no real way to describe Money Town.  By sharing little glimpses, I hope you'll eventually have a good feel for what I'm surrounded by.

Adding to my list of I thought I'd seen everything in Money Town incidents, was a 9 year old girl at Starbucks with her own new Blackberry Storm.  (She might, possibly, have been 10, but certainly not any older.)  And no, it did not belong to a parent because both of her parents were there with her.  They had their own phones/gadgets visible and in use.  I hate to be judgmental, but I'm going to be anyway.

Actually, in this case, if I'm honest, I delight in being judgmental.

What's the point of having your own website if you can't be a bitch on it, right? 

I will call these people the Gadget Family and I will call the girl Berry.  Berry was a spoiled, obnoxious, brat.  She was loud and she was demanding.  Her little brother tried to look at her (apparently brand new) Blackberry and she threw a fit.  She wouldn't let him touch it, and kept shouting the word "mine" loudly and repeatedly.  Berry wouldn't even allow her brother to look at her Blackberry while she held it. 

Mrs. Gadget was tall, thin, and dressed very expensively.  She rocked a huge diamond on her left hand.  Mrs. Gadget was (I guess?) attractive in that Orange County "I'm plastic and nothing about me is real" sort of way.  She was dressed too young for her years and had very long hair which she repeatedly tossed all over the place.  

Men notice women like Mrs. Gadget.  I've never really understood why, but they do.

Mr. Gadget wore the attitude of a Toxic Man.  He walked into Starbucks as if he owned the place.  He took at least four separate calls while he was there.  He seemed to ignore Mrs. Gadget, but indulged Berry and her younger brother to no end.  Neither parent did anything to stem the obnoxiousness which was Berry's mouth.

By the way, younger brother was pretty obnoxious himself.  He was also loud, whiney, demanding, and used to getting his way.

It was impossible not to be riveted by the Gadget family.  Their very presence made a statement.  Not a positive statement, but a noticeable one.

So what do you think?  Does a pre-teen need a Blackberry?  Not to mention the newest, most expensive yet, Blackberry?  I believe the Gadget family is creating mini-monsters in the making.  Am I wrong?

69 Responses to “Coffee in Money Town”

  1. Michelle

    I think the Gadget Family HAS created mini-monsters already. 10 with a Blackberry? (My kids only have phones at 13 and 14 because they both go to different schools in different directions and I work in the middle and it’s in case they miss the bus, or want to go to a friend’s place so I know.)
    I don’t see a lot of happiness in the Gadget family description. I guess it’s true that money doesn’t buy happiness (or class).

  2. Michelle

    I think the Gadget Family HAS created mini-monsters already. 10 with a Blackberry? (My kids only have phones at 13 and 14 because they both go to different schools in different directions and I work in the middle and it’s in case they miss the bus, or want to go to a friend’s place so I know.)
    I don’t see a lot of happiness in the Gadget family description. I guess it’s true that money doesn’t buy happiness (or class).

  3. Michelle

    I think the Gadget Family HAS created mini-monsters already. 10 with a Blackberry? (My kids only have phones at 13 and 14 because they both go to different schools in different directions and I work in the middle and it’s in case they miss the bus, or want to go to a friend’s place so I know.)
    I don’t see a lot of happiness in the Gadget family description. I guess it’s true that money doesn’t buy happiness (or class).

  4. Di

    Ick…. they just all sound real icky to me. No idea why the girl would need a Blackberry at age 10, or even at 16 for that matter. Sometimes it’s just easier to stay home and not have to see these kinds of things which to me are disturbing. The lack of true love in a family. Stupid people that should never have been parents. Children that will grow up to not understand the value of anything. I pity that family.

  5. Di

    Ick…. they just all sound real icky to me. No idea why the girl would need a Blackberry at age 10, or even at 16 for that matter. Sometimes it’s just easier to stay home and not have to see these kinds of things which to me are disturbing. The lack of true love in a family. Stupid people that should never have been parents. Children that will grow up to not understand the value of anything. I pity that family.

  6. Di

    Ick…. they just all sound real icky to me. No idea why the girl would need a Blackberry at age 10, or even at 16 for that matter. Sometimes it’s just easier to stay home and not have to see these kinds of things which to me are disturbing. The lack of true love in a family. Stupid people that should never have been parents. Children that will grow up to not understand the value of anything. I pity that family.

  7. sometimessophia

    Your judgment is right on: monsters in the making or already made. Sad. What a pathetic value system these people have… and the way they treat each other is disgusting. Money Town? Toxic Town is more like it.

  8. sometimessophia

    Your judgment is right on: monsters in the making or already made. Sad. What a pathetic value system these people have… and the way they treat each other is disgusting. Money Town? Toxic Town is more like it.

  9. sometimessophia

    Your judgment is right on: monsters in the making or already made. Sad. What a pathetic value system these people have… and the way they treat each other is disgusting. Money Town? Toxic Town is more like it.

  10. sometimessophia

    Oh… in case my comment was lost in the flood, so happy to hear that your girl was cleared of any wrong-doing. (The Happiest Start to 2009)

  11. sometimessophia

    Oh… in case my comment was lost in the flood, so happy to hear that your girl was cleared of any wrong-doing. (The Happiest Start to 2009)

  12. sometimessophia

    Oh… in case my comment was lost in the flood, so happy to hear that your girl was cleared of any wrong-doing. (The Happiest Start to 2009)

  13. Midlife Mama

    Ugh. No you are NOT wrong. You could also call them headed-for-divorce family, and Dysfunctional Family, and Shallow Family. Also Sad and Pathetic Empty Lives Family. Not that they know it or anything. I imagine you couldn’t hold a conversation with Mrs. Gadget about anything deeper than when her next touch up surgery will be.
    I mean, all you really can do is pity them. And be SO glad you’re not like them.

  14. Midlife Mama

    Ugh. No you are NOT wrong. You could also call them headed-for-divorce family, and Dysfunctional Family, and Shallow Family. Also Sad and Pathetic Empty Lives Family. Not that they know it or anything. I imagine you couldn’t hold a conversation with Mrs. Gadget about anything deeper than when her next touch up surgery will be.
    I mean, all you really can do is pity them. And be SO glad you’re not like them.

  15. Midlife Mama

    Ugh. No you are NOT wrong. You could also call them headed-for-divorce family, and Dysfunctional Family, and Shallow Family. Also Sad and Pathetic Empty Lives Family. Not that they know it or anything. I imagine you couldn’t hold a conversation with Mrs. Gadget about anything deeper than when her next touch up surgery will be.
    I mean, all you really can do is pity them. And be SO glad you’re not like them.

  16. EricaB

    Those are the kinds of kids that grow up and start wars.
    As far as the Blackberry (in my opinion): NO WAY NO HOW! My 8 year old asked for a DS for Christmas and I cannot fathom buying a CHILD an electronic gadget that costs more than my wardrobe…ridiculous!

  17. EricaB

    Those are the kinds of kids that grow up and start wars.
    As far as the Blackberry (in my opinion): NO WAY NO HOW! My 8 year old asked for a DS for Christmas and I cannot fathom buying a CHILD an electronic gadget that costs more than my wardrobe…ridiculous!

  18. EricaB

    Those are the kinds of kids that grow up and start wars.
    As far as the Blackberry (in my opinion): NO WAY NO HOW! My 8 year old asked for a DS for Christmas and I cannot fathom buying a CHILD an electronic gadget that costs more than my wardrobe…ridiculous!

  19. Jan

    The Young One doesn’t even have a cell phone and he’s going to be 14 this month. For the record, he will be getting one because he is increasingly away from home with activities and is tired of calling me on his friend’s cell phones, but you can bet your blogger butt that he will be getting a CHEAP phone. I didn’t even get a Blackberry Pearl until they offered one free when the sucked me in, er, signed me up for yet another two years…
    Oh, the monsters have already been made. How can people live like that??

  20. Jan

    The Young One doesn’t even have a cell phone and he’s going to be 14 this month. For the record, he will be getting one because he is increasingly away from home with activities and is tired of calling me on his friend’s cell phones, but you can bet your blogger butt that he will be getting a CHEAP phone. I didn’t even get a Blackberry Pearl until they offered one free when the sucked me in, er, signed me up for yet another two years…
    Oh, the monsters have already been made. How can people live like that??

  21. Jan

    The Young One doesn’t even have a cell phone and he’s going to be 14 this month. For the record, he will be getting one because he is increasingly away from home with activities and is tired of calling me on his friend’s cell phones, but you can bet your blogger butt that he will be getting a CHEAP phone. I didn’t even get a Blackberry Pearl until they offered one free when the sucked me in, er, signed me up for yet another two years…
    Oh, the monsters have already been made. How can people live like that??

  22. Sarah

    well it seems to me that in money town if you DONT have all the latest gadgets you will get labeled a monster, so i am sure that they will just turn out to be just like everyone else around there and no one will know the difference! sad.

  23. Sarah

    well it seems to me that in money town if you DONT have all the latest gadgets you will get labeled a monster, so i am sure that they will just turn out to be just like everyone else around there and no one will know the difference! sad.

  24. Sarah

    well it seems to me that in money town if you DONT have all the latest gadgets you will get labeled a monster, so i am sure that they will just turn out to be just like everyone else around there and no one will know the difference! sad.

  25. missy

    We all know the next step is a BMW at 16 – so common around here. It used to be (and still is I’m sure) a running comment at the local private high school outside the gates of Money Town, that the students drove much better and newer cars than the teachers and staff. So sad…

  26. missy

    We all know the next step is a BMW at 16 – so common around here. It used to be (and still is I’m sure) a running comment at the local private high school outside the gates of Money Town, that the students drove much better and newer cars than the teachers and staff. So sad…

  27. missy

    We all know the next step is a BMW at 16 – so common around here. It used to be (and still is I’m sure) a running comment at the local private high school outside the gates of Money Town, that the students drove much better and newer cars than the teachers and staff. So sad…

  28. Kristan

    I like to think there’s hope for all children, so that is what I will tell myself in this case.
    But I definitely won’t be giving my kid(s) a cell phone until they genuinely need it (like if they’re active in high school and we need to coordinate pickups or whatever).
    Ditto goes for internet, which I will probably limit/supervise a lot, because my parents weren’t too concerned or strict with me, and I know what kinds of troubles I could have gotten into if I weren’t naturally so square.

  29. Kristan

    I like to think there’s hope for all children, so that is what I will tell myself in this case.
    But I definitely won’t be giving my kid(s) a cell phone until they genuinely need it (like if they’re active in high school and we need to coordinate pickups or whatever).
    Ditto goes for internet, which I will probably limit/supervise a lot, because my parents weren’t too concerned or strict with me, and I know what kinds of troubles I could have gotten into if I weren’t naturally so square.

  30. Kristan

    I like to think there’s hope for all children, so that is what I will tell myself in this case.
    But I definitely won’t be giving my kid(s) a cell phone until they genuinely need it (like if they’re active in high school and we need to coordinate pickups or whatever).
    Ditto goes for internet, which I will probably limit/supervise a lot, because my parents weren’t too concerned or strict with me, and I know what kinds of troubles I could have gotten into if I weren’t naturally so square.

  31. goodfather

    I LOVE your names for people. You are a poet. 🙂 I couldn’t be more with you on this one, Mr. and Mrs. Gadget are ruining their children. Flat out.

  32. goodfather

    I LOVE your names for people. You are a poet. 🙂 I couldn’t be more with you on this one, Mr. and Mrs. Gadget are ruining their children. Flat out.

  33. goodfather

    I LOVE your names for people. You are a poet. 🙂 I couldn’t be more with you on this one, Mr. and Mrs. Gadget are ruining their children. Flat out.

  34. Lo

    yep. there’s a prime example of a cheating-wife-cuz-husband-ignores-her, stupid children with too many toys, husband who has tiny penis and tries to be big man thru this job……syndrome. sad. very sad.
    although, it’s not only money town that has people like this. downtown chicago has them as well. as well as new york. fear not, my friend, you are not alone. i am ALWAYS running into gadget family, or accessory f amily, or designer label starbucks family whenever i go to magnificent mile (michigan avenue) to shop. sigh. and icky.
    and dude. have i not scolded you enough? TAKE PICTURES. you could be stealth girl. seriously. think about it.

  35. Lo

    yep. there’s a prime example of a cheating-wife-cuz-husband-ignores-her, stupid children with too many toys, husband who has tiny penis and tries to be big man thru this job……syndrome. sad. very sad.
    although, it’s not only money town that has people like this. downtown chicago has them as well. as well as new york. fear not, my friend, you are not alone. i am ALWAYS running into gadget family, or accessory f amily, or designer label starbucks family whenever i go to magnificent mile (michigan avenue) to shop. sigh. and icky.
    and dude. have i not scolded you enough? TAKE PICTURES. you could be stealth girl. seriously. think about it.

  36. Lo

    yep. there’s a prime example of a cheating-wife-cuz-husband-ignores-her, stupid children with too many toys, husband who has tiny penis and tries to be big man thru this job……syndrome. sad. very sad.
    although, it’s not only money town that has people like this. downtown chicago has them as well. as well as new york. fear not, my friend, you are not alone. i am ALWAYS running into gadget family, or accessory f amily, or designer label starbucks family whenever i go to magnificent mile (michigan avenue) to shop. sigh. and icky.
    and dude. have i not scolded you enough? TAKE PICTURES. you could be stealth girl. seriously. think about it.

  37. Mama Dawg

    I won’t let my 8 year old have a cell phone let alone a Blackberry. I’ve told her we won’t even discuss a cell phone til she’s 11 and even then, it’s only a discussion, not a guarantee.

  38. Mama Dawg

    I won’t let my 8 year old have a cell phone let alone a Blackberry. I’ve told her we won’t even discuss a cell phone til she’s 11 and even then, it’s only a discussion, not a guarantee.

  39. Mama Dawg

    I won’t let my 8 year old have a cell phone let alone a Blackberry. I’ve told her we won’t even discuss a cell phone til she’s 11 and even then, it’s only a discussion, not a guarantee.

  40. San Diego Momma

    So you just described what I loathe. I do not suffer superficiality gladly. Those children are mirroring their parents’ behavior and unless the parents change, the kids will end up very similar.
    Yuck! Absolutely the 10-year-old is too young for the latest Blackberry!
    This reminds me of an incident I had at Legoland with a very similar couple. Toxic Man even threatened to punch me when I told him his wife was rude (because she was)! Can you believe???

  41. San Diego Momma

    So you just described what I loathe. I do not suffer superficiality gladly. Those children are mirroring their parents’ behavior and unless the parents change, the kids will end up very similar.
    Yuck! Absolutely the 10-year-old is too young for the latest Blackberry!
    This reminds me of an incident I had at Legoland with a very similar couple. Toxic Man even threatened to punch me when I told him his wife was rude (because she was)! Can you believe???

  42. San Diego Momma

    So you just described what I loathe. I do not suffer superficiality gladly. Those children are mirroring their parents’ behavior and unless the parents change, the kids will end up very similar.
    Yuck! Absolutely the 10-year-old is too young for the latest Blackberry!
    This reminds me of an incident I had at Legoland with a very similar couple. Toxic Man even threatened to punch me when I told him his wife was rude (because she was)! Can you believe???

  43. Linda

    Makes me want to slap the parents! Completely clueless!! And they just create mini-me’s and the circle continues.
    P.S. I have a room reserved here for you. Come before you lose your mind:)

  44. Linda

    Makes me want to slap the parents! Completely clueless!! And they just create mini-me’s and the circle continues.
    P.S. I have a room reserved here for you. Come before you lose your mind:)

  45. Linda

    Makes me want to slap the parents! Completely clueless!! And they just create mini-me’s and the circle continues.
    P.S. I have a room reserved here for you. Come before you lose your mind:)

  46. Kelly

    I love your Money Town stories. At the same time they make me want to gag. I think I must love to be horrified.

  47. Kelly

    I love your Money Town stories. At the same time they make me want to gag. I think I must love to be horrified.

  48. Kelly

    I love your Money Town stories. At the same time they make me want to gag. I think I must love to be horrified.

  49. emmysuh

    Pretty sure families like the Gadgets (although that nickname makes me think of Inspector Gadget and I have a feeling the family you saw is no relation and therefore less awesome) are slowly killing the universe.
    In KY, we had a similar situation last night at Wal-mart, the Starbucks of the South, when a family was walking through the dairy aisle (I just but Isle for a moment, like Sour Cream and Milk is a magical get away!) and the parents kept asking, “Do you want some yogurt?” Little Boy: “Yeah…NO, I WANT A TOY!” Parents: “Do you want some chocolate milk?” Boy: “Yeah-NO! I want a toy!” and on and on all over the store until I would lean over to my mom and say, “GET THAT BOY A TOY, STAT.”

  50. emmysuh

    Pretty sure families like the Gadgets (although that nickname makes me think of Inspector Gadget and I have a feeling the family you saw is no relation and therefore less awesome) are slowly killing the universe.
    In KY, we had a similar situation last night at Wal-mart, the Starbucks of the South, when a family was walking through the dairy aisle (I just but Isle for a moment, like Sour Cream and Milk is a magical get away!) and the parents kept asking, “Do you want some yogurt?” Little Boy: “Yeah…NO, I WANT A TOY!” Parents: “Do you want some chocolate milk?” Boy: “Yeah-NO! I want a toy!” and on and on all over the store until I would lean over to my mom and say, “GET THAT BOY A TOY, STAT.”

  51. emmysuh

    Pretty sure families like the Gadgets (although that nickname makes me think of Inspector Gadget and I have a feeling the family you saw is no relation and therefore less awesome) are slowly killing the universe.
    In KY, we had a similar situation last night at Wal-mart, the Starbucks of the South, when a family was walking through the dairy aisle (I just but Isle for a moment, like Sour Cream and Milk is a magical get away!) and the parents kept asking, “Do you want some yogurt?” Little Boy: “Yeah…NO, I WANT A TOY!” Parents: “Do you want some chocolate milk?” Boy: “Yeah-NO! I want a toy!” and on and on all over the store until I would lean over to my mom and say, “GET THAT BOY A TOY, STAT.”

  52. Stepping Thru

    Some day that Gadget family will be sorry they indulged their little monsters the way they have. If Berry got a Blackberry at 10 what will she expect at 16? Yuck!

  53. Stepping Thru

    Some day that Gadget family will be sorry they indulged their little monsters the way they have. If Berry got a Blackberry at 10 what will she expect at 16? Yuck!

  54. Stepping Thru

    Some day that Gadget family will be sorry they indulged their little monsters the way they have. If Berry got a Blackberry at 10 what will she expect at 16? Yuck!

  55. job

    Very sad state of affairs for Berry and Fam. The operative word is “need”. Acturally, does anyone “need” a Blackberry, etc. Life was so much easier when we weren’t so “connected”. Having all that information at our fingertips is nice, but there certainly is a price to pay!

  56. job

    Very sad state of affairs for Berry and Fam. The operative word is “need”. Acturally, does anyone “need” a Blackberry, etc. Life was so much easier when we weren’t so “connected”. Having all that information at our fingertips is nice, but there certainly is a price to pay!

  57. job

    Very sad state of affairs for Berry and Fam. The operative word is “need”. Acturally, does anyone “need” a Blackberry, etc. Life was so much easier when we weren’t so “connected”. Having all that information at our fingertips is nice, but there certainly is a price to pay!

  58. Jason

    This should be a lesson to all of us! Do not overindulge you children. Even though we may not have this kind of money…I wonder how much overindulging I am doing with my kids.

  59. Jason

    This should be a lesson to all of us! Do not overindulge you children. Even though we may not have this kind of money…I wonder how much overindulging I am doing with my kids.

  60. Jason

    This should be a lesson to all of us! Do not overindulge you children. Even though we may not have this kind of money…I wonder how much overindulging I am doing with my kids.

  61. Life with Kaishon

    Oh dear! They are creating monsters for sure! I feel sorry for the kids. Kids need boundries and love. More than they need plastic and perfect moms and rich and powerful daddy’s!
    I have always hated when older women wear teenage clothes. Come on. I want to shake them!

  62. Life with Kaishon

    Oh dear! They are creating monsters for sure! I feel sorry for the kids. Kids need boundries and love. More than they need plastic and perfect moms and rich and powerful daddy’s!
    I have always hated when older women wear teenage clothes. Come on. I want to shake them!

  63. Life with Kaishon

    Oh dear! They are creating monsters for sure! I feel sorry for the kids. Kids need boundries and love. More than they need plastic and perfect moms and rich and powerful daddy’s!
    I have always hated when older women wear teenage clothes. Come on. I want to shake them!

  64. Smart Mouth Broad

    This type of over-indulgence is aplenty here in our Southeast version of Moneytown. These people are doing us no favors. I would say doing their children no favors by over-indulging them but they will never see it. And their kids will grow up to be just like them and continue to annoy the rest of us. I am so with you on this. No child needs a blackberry or any other “smart phone” type device. I know people whose 6 year olds have cell phones. UGH!

  65. Smart Mouth Broad

    This type of over-indulgence is aplenty here in our Southeast version of Moneytown. These people are doing us no favors. I would say doing their children no favors by over-indulging them but they will never see it. And their kids will grow up to be just like them and continue to annoy the rest of us. I am so with you on this. No child needs a blackberry or any other “smart phone” type device. I know people whose 6 year olds have cell phones. UGH!

  66. Smart Mouth Broad

    This type of over-indulgence is aplenty here in our Southeast version of Moneytown. These people are doing us no favors. I would say doing their children no favors by over-indulging them but they will never see it. And their kids will grow up to be just like them and continue to annoy the rest of us. I am so with you on this. No child needs a blackberry or any other “smart phone” type device. I know people whose 6 year olds have cell phones. UGH!

  67. thistle

    hmmm…i just watched a 48 Hours rerun on some troubled kids from the OC…perhaps Berry and her brother will have their own episode soon also…sad isn’t it.

  68. thistle

    hmmm…i just watched a 48 Hours rerun on some troubled kids from the OC…perhaps Berry and her brother will have their own episode soon also…sad isn’t it.

  69. thistle

    hmmm…i just watched a 48 Hours rerun on some troubled kids from the OC…perhaps Berry and her brother will have their own episode soon also…sad isn’t it.

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