April 29, 2003
L.A., part one

thought of this on the way to l.a. yesterday: last summer was waiting to get on a 747 at heathrow and a pushy person cut in front of me in line; I looked to see who had the nerve, and saw this on the ticket in her hand: Seat 1K; name: Jagger/Bianca. (Though it was actually her handler, escorting her tender and well-appointed charge.) And I was wondering, yesterday, are the rich gullible enough to believe that *everyone* can be in Row One, even though "1K" is essentially an impossible seat?

Or is that in fact the promise of the lottery of capitalist culture? Row One, for everyone. Now matter how big Row One has to be.

Today I drove around Torrance in a $60,000 car. It's got good pick-up, and tells you when you're close to other objects.

Posted by dbrown at April 29, 2003 01:14 AM
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there was a nytimes op-ed about 6 months ago that touched on the row one philosophy (or myth).

to paraphrase poorly: average americans are against taxing the rich and engaging in class warfare because they believe one day they'll be rich too - and in some weird terminator 3 way they'd actually be hurting their future selves when they're sitting in row one, seat one.

Posted by: elia on April 29, 2003 12:25 PM

"rankism"
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15745

Posted by: kim on April 29, 2003 03:37 PM

d,

you ain't the only one driving a $60,000 car in Torrance. one of the strangest parts of LA culture for me was the ramshakle hovel + shiny new Pathfinder in the drive. all the money goes into the car.

Posted by: phrisky on April 30, 2003 03:05 PM
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