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    • Wow, both comments are fascinating especially taken together. Yesterday I finished a book about the history of Reddit and part of the story is one of the cofounders, Alexis Ohanian, marries Serena Williams, the tennis star. It seems to me both of them grew up middle class and now they are both wealthy and famous.

      I was wondering what it was like to make a class change like that when the book got to the part about the wedding. Serena had 3 different wardrobe changes and they described each one with descriptors like "the embroidery took 1500 hours to complete on the second dress she wore."

      I've never fully appreciated the need for elaborate presentation, which I guess means I will always be middle class regardless of income.

    • That makes a lot of sense with the hierarchy of needs over food, @Factotum .

      What was also interesting in the book was how wealthy people make new friends. Apparently you couldn’t just go up to someone at the country club and introduce yourself. Instead, you needed to be introduced by a mutual friend. I still can’t wrap my head around that one.

      @Chris I once took a week long crash course on French cooking at a culinary school. I couldn’t cook to save my life at the time and the course taught the basics so you could cook almost anything. The weirdest most useless part was when we practiced presenting how are food was assembled on the plate. We literally went around the room and commented on who’s plate was the most visually pleasing.

      I still don’t get the whole food presentation thing—it’s not like it tastes any better!