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