This is my Life

I got an email from a relatively new reader last week.  He lives in Asia and he's trying to understand my life.

Ha!

Good luck with that one!

If you figure out how to come to grips with my life, be sure and let me in on the secret so I can benefit too.

Nonetheless, I know my life in Orange County is probably vastly different than his life on the other side of the world.  He sent me a list of questions.  I hope you don't mind but I decided I'd answer his questions publicly today.  Maybe some of you are wondering some of the same things?  My regular readers may already know the answers to many of his questions.  In any case, it's kind of interesting to see what type of questions are being pondered so far away from where I live.

1.  Is everyone rich in Orange County?

No, they aren't.  In particular – I'm not.

2.  Why do you live in Money Town instead of somewhere else?

I actually live adjacent to Money Town, not in it.  It's a beautiful area, superficial assholes not withstanding.

3.  Are people where you live like they are in the TV shows The OC and The Real Housewives of Orange County?

Some of the people here are like the ones you see on the TV shows.  The producers of those shows publicize one element of Orange County society.  There are a lot of people here who aren't at all like the ones you see on TV.  

4.  Do you live on the beach?

No, I live in a canyon about 20 minutes from the closest beach.  I am at the beach frequently though.  Houses on the beach cost many millions of dollars.  (See question #1)

5. Have you ever met any of the Real Housewives of Orange County?

Yes, the show is based on Money Town.  We live in the same general community.  (And by the way, I'm a real housewife of Orange County, I'm just not on TV.)

6.  Do the people in Money Town know you write about them and make fun of them?

Many of them do.  In fact, I have a lot of Money Town friends as well as many Money Town readers.  What they think of my writing is directly linked to whether or not they have a sense of humor about their privileged lifestyle. 

7.  What's been the hardest part of recovering from your car accident?

Ahh … now, that's a good question.  Let's just say none of it has been much fun.  

8.  Will you write a book if you have a permanent disability from the accident and can't go back to work?

Well, it looks like I do have a permanent disability.  I don't know yet what the future holds for me.  I'm taking each day as it comes for the time being.

9.  Why do all the women love The Torturer? (my physical therapist)

Good question.

10.  Does The Torturer ever get mad at you for the things you write?

The Torturer's professional image is important to him.  Most of the time he has a sense of humor, but I have been known to send him over the edge on occasion.  There was one time in particular ….!  Can you imagine?

11.  What happens if he gets mad at you?

He hurts me.  Just kidding.  Um, he sends me text messages with lots of exclamation points telling me I'm not funny … and THEN he hurts me.

12.  Why does The Moaner moan?  Do all women in Orange County moan?

Ha ha!  I think she moans loudly, publicly, at physical therapy as an attempt to attract The Torturer.  She is the ultimate Money Town woman.  Most women in Orange County do not walk around moaning publicly.  However, who knows what anyone does in the privacy of their own home.  Do OC women moan more than women from Boise?

13.  You're very funny.  How have you kept your sense of humor when you've had to deal with such terrible pain?

Thank you.  Inserting humor into my writing lifts my spirits.  In other words, I crack myself up on a pretty regular basis.  I think my writing has helped me cope with my recovery.

14.  You're pretty open about the topics you write about, do you ever get embarrassed?

I'll take on just about any topic in my writing … but most often with a heavy dose of humor thrown in.  The humor deflects any embarrassment.  If you met me in person, you'd most likely be surprised at how introverted I am.  I'm actually very shy in group settings unless I'm surrounded by people I've known for a long time. 

Also – a huge thank you to my friend Bossy for mentioning Twenty Four At Heart here.

© Twenty Four At Heart

48 Responses to “This is my Life”

  1. Kate

    You know I am like that around people I don’t know. In fact I think I used to come off as aloof and snobby when really I was just quiet and shy. But when I get to know people well then I am just a goofball.

  2. Kate

    You know I am like that around people I don’t know. In fact I think I used to come off as aloof and snobby when really I was just quiet and shy. But when I get to know people well then I am just a goofball.

  3. Kate

    You know I am like that around people I don’t know. In fact I think I used to come off as aloof and snobby when really I was just quiet and shy. But when I get to know people well then I am just a goofball.

  4. sometimessophia

    I’m pretty sure that blogging lets the cat out of the bag. Those of us who are shy and retiring in our normal lives can lionize ourselves with humor, candor, a bit of daring, and some encouragement from our readers.

  5. sometimessophia

    I’m pretty sure that blogging lets the cat out of the bag. Those of us who are shy and retiring in our normal lives can lionize ourselves with humor, candor, a bit of daring, and some encouragement from our readers.

  6. sometimessophia

    I’m pretty sure that blogging lets the cat out of the bag. Those of us who are shy and retiring in our normal lives can lionize ourselves with humor, candor, a bit of daring, and some encouragement from our readers.

  7. Kelly

    You’re shy? Bwahaha! Seriously, I am too when I don’t know people! So cool about Bossy!

  8. Kelly

    You’re shy? Bwahaha! Seriously, I am too when I don’t know people! So cool about Bossy!

  9. Kelly

    You’re shy? Bwahaha! Seriously, I am too when I don’t know people! So cool about Bossy!

  10. Lynn

    I live in Money Town and I think you’re effing hilarious!

  11. Lynn

    I live in Money Town and I think you’re effing hilarious!

  12. Lynn

    I live in Money Town and I think you’re effing hilarious!

  13. Enchanted

    You are so funny. Thanks for the answers to all our questions. lol
    Saw you on Bossy! Good picture!

  14. Enchanted

    You are so funny. Thanks for the answers to all our questions. lol
    Saw you on Bossy! Good picture!

  15. Enchanted

    You are so funny. Thanks for the answers to all our questions. lol
    Saw you on Bossy! Good picture!

  16. Rob

    Saw you on Bossy. You LOOK like a California girl! Nice to make your virtual acquaintance!

  17. Rob

    Saw you on Bossy. You LOOK like a California girl! Nice to make your virtual acquaintance!

  18. Rob

    Saw you on Bossy. You LOOK like a California girl! Nice to make your virtual acquaintance!

  19. Jan

    “Do OC women moan more than women from Boise?”
    Good question. Perhaps not – the word “ho” *is* part of “Idaho”, after all. Why let those OC moaners get all the credit and have all the fun?

  20. Jan

    “Do OC women moan more than women from Boise?”
    Good question. Perhaps not – the word “ho” *is* part of “Idaho”, after all. Why let those OC moaners get all the credit and have all the fun?

  21. Jan

    “Do OC women moan more than women from Boise?”
    Good question. Perhaps not – the word “ho” *is* part of “Idaho”, after all. Why let those OC moaners get all the credit and have all the fun?

  22. Deb

    How I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall around you and the torturer. Your relationship with him is priceless.

  23. Deb

    How I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall around you and the torturer. Your relationship with him is priceless.

  24. Deb

    How I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall around you and the torturer. Your relationship with him is priceless.

  25. PAPA

    I had one girl write me from Eastern Europe..Her english was kind of broken but it said something like ” Do you need beautiful wife. I make one for you.”
    Oh, Papa, knock it off…

  26. PAPA

    I had one girl write me from Eastern Europe..Her english was kind of broken but it said something like ” Do you need beautiful wife. I make one for you.”
    Oh, Papa, knock it off…

  27. PAPA

    I had one girl write me from Eastern Europe..Her english was kind of broken but it said something like ” Do you need beautiful wife. I make one for you.”
    Oh, Papa, knock it off…

  28. stoneskin

    Damn, and I was planning on asking your for a donation to my ‘get Mo to Disneyland’ fund and all.

  29. stoneskin

    Damn, and I was planning on asking your for a donation to my ‘get Mo to Disneyland’ fund and all.

  30. stoneskin

    Damn, and I was planning on asking your for a donation to my ‘get Mo to Disneyland’ fund and all.

  31. Don Nelson

    Itis not funny that millions, perhaps billions, of people think as this man from Asia does that OC housewives are ALL like “Real Housewives of Orange County,” I’ve even had people in other parts of the country that I work with me BELIEVE wives are like that and these guys are ivy league.
    Scares the living kapok out of me since the producers picked such believeable wives and viewers don’t see the humor.
    My brother thinks its real and he’s been here course he has
    problems with reality from time to time b/c of the 60’s.
    We all enjoy your take on things.

  32. Don Nelson

    Itis not funny that millions, perhaps billions, of people think as this man from Asia does that OC housewives are ALL like “Real Housewives of Orange County,” I’ve even had people in other parts of the country that I work with me BELIEVE wives are like that and these guys are ivy league.
    Scares the living kapok out of me since the producers picked such believeable wives and viewers don’t see the humor.
    My brother thinks its real and he’s been here course he has
    problems with reality from time to time b/c of the 60’s.
    We all enjoy your take on things.

  33. Don Nelson

    Itis not funny that millions, perhaps billions, of people think as this man from Asia does that OC housewives are ALL like “Real Housewives of Orange County,” I’ve even had people in other parts of the country that I work with me BELIEVE wives are like that and these guys are ivy league.
    Scares the living kapok out of me since the producers picked such believeable wives and viewers don’t see the humor.
    My brother thinks its real and he’s been here course he has
    problems with reality from time to time b/c of the 60’s.
    We all enjoy your take on things.

  34. Kara-Noel

    I’m a real housewife od orange county too!! I’ll get to see how shy you are in a group tonight cuz I’ll be at BlogCrush sans kiddos.

  35. Kara-Noel

    I’m a real housewife od orange county too!! I’ll get to see how shy you are in a group tonight cuz I’ll be at BlogCrush sans kiddos.

  36. Kara-Noel

    I’m a real housewife od orange county too!! I’ll get to see how shy you are in a group tonight cuz I’ll be at BlogCrush sans kiddos.

  37. Midlife Slices

    Looks like you’ve brought out a lot of OC dwellers with this post.
    I’ll be sending you my list of questions soon so be watching for them. 🙂

  38. Midlife Slices

    Looks like you’ve brought out a lot of OC dwellers with this post.
    I’ll be sending you my list of questions soon so be watching for them. 🙂

  39. Midlife Slices

    Looks like you’ve brought out a lot of OC dwellers with this post.
    I’ll be sending you my list of questions soon so be watching for them. 🙂

  40. mama llama

    That was a fun read…thanks for that! You have no idea how much I appreciate the chuckles I get from you!
    Be well, 24.

  41. mama llama

    That was a fun read…thanks for that! You have no idea how much I appreciate the chuckles I get from you!
    Be well, 24.

  42. mama llama

    That was a fun read…thanks for that! You have no idea how much I appreciate the chuckles I get from you!
    Be well, 24.

  43. Lori

    I think you live such an interesting life and since it’s so different from where I live, it’s very entertaining for me. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  44. Lori

    I think you live such an interesting life and since it’s so different from where I live, it’s very entertaining for me. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  45. Lori

    I think you live such an interesting life and since it’s so different from where I live, it’s very entertaining for me. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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