Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Liberal Elite Jumps the Shark

A reader alerted me to the fact that there exists a hater's reaction to the Restoration Hardware catalog. Unlike the Williams Sonoma Hater's Guide, it's not a wicked romp through the more ridiculous, overpriced items in the RH catalog; but a scathing recap of a bombastic opening note, written by the company's CEO, Gary Friedman.

The note (the original one, not the haters recap) is just so, so awful, but in its fulsome prose, I think I found a clue as to how Donald Trump won the election. Elevating furniture to the level of the sublime and the making of it to a holy sacrifice to the gods? What is this shit?

What started out thirty years ago as harmless yuppie affectations such as grinding one's own coffee (remember when people discovered home coffee grinders? Prior to 1983, virtually all coffee came in a can) has become a maddening class of people who like to pose for photographs with their two dirty-nailed hands (authentic!) lovingly cupping a turnip. (I found an entire page devoted to stock photos of hands cupping vegetables.)

Speaking as a bonafide member of the liberal elite (I DO own furniture from RH after all) I have to say that some of us need to get our heads out of our asses. Stop cupping the turnips and take an interest in the people around you.

And so we're stuck with Trump because some people decided that anything would be better than four more years of fucking Kinfolk. Unfortunately, we've elected to use napalm to get rid of an annoying patch of trumpet vine and as always with scorched earth methods, the many good things that came out of liberalism (such as the Affordable Care Act) will be destroyed too.

*And I apologize for yet another post about Trumputin. I can't seem to get out of this post-election foul mood. I had a mad hope that the faithless electors would save us, but they haven't.  But please, share in the comments the precious affectations that irritate you and we can all have a bitter laugh.

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  1. Sister, I hear you. I'm all for people growing their own vegetable gardens if they want, just don't be so damn precious about it all. I am a flaming, bleeding-heart liberal (wearing my favorite "Smash the Patriarchy" tee while I type this), but I come from super-duper rural RED Virginia (I know, my family doesn't know how this happened either, but I was ALWAYS weird in their opinion). If my Grandma ever thought that I'd spend $50 on a frozen container of fucking COLLARD GREENS, which cost about $3 and zero effort to make an entire HUGE pot of yourself, she would come back from the dead and drag me by my ear back to where some common sense might take over. I have to say, the thing that still drives me over the edge is the fancy damn Mason jars. I don't care if people take a regular Mason jar and store their flour in it, or serve a drink in it, or use it to actually CAN something, but spare me your $10-a-jar rose gold-dipped Mason jar bullshit.

    Or, when we were looking at preschool for our daughter who was 2 at the time, I could not BELIEVE the number of expensive, academic preschools in this little city. I understand on some level the value of teaching 2-year-olds 3 languages, but perhaps it's more important for them to play outside for hours every day at that age (and not have their parents nearly go bankrupt paying a tuition that rivals college tuition).

    I get polite side-eye when I say we don't have a real Christmas tree because we are all highly allergic to them, so we have a prelit artificial tree, thank you very much. I prefer the Giant on Pantops to Whole Foods or Wegmans, and that makes me a strange, apparently. I sometimes get fascinated looks when I mention that our furniture is a mix of family stuff, build-it-yourself stuff from Walmart and Staples, and things from Grand and Schewels, as though it's weird that I don't shop at the (lovely but overpriced) fancy local furniture stores and/or find/restore flea market finds and/or drive to the fancy furniture outlet in Farmville where things may be marked down 70% but are STILL way out of my budget.

    Just the other day, I saw a conversation online about the cost of belonging to ACAC - someone was considering joining, and wanted to know the price. Someone else replied with the exorbitant family rate, and then said "It's really worth it if you're a SAHM and leave the kids with their childcare a few times a week" - as though normal families with a stay-at-home parent could AFFORD that gym (or any gym at all, tbh)! They don't even realize how wealthy they are compared to the rest of the country, much less the world.

    I love living in Charlottesville for many reasons, but the trendy precious yuppie crap is why people hate it here.

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    1. The precious hipsters really do have a negative affect on the mood of this city. I, for one, would like to just ONCE, walk into Feast without someone casting shade on whatever I happen to be wearing at the moment.

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  2. I'm with Jen - the trendy precious yuppie crap is killing me too. As is some of the overly politically correct bs and identity politics. Every day a cabin in the middle of nowhere off the grid holds that much more appeal. I may have started actively looking for one. That way I can grow my own vegetables, but not have to cup them and I sure as shit won't be canning them in any fancy mason jar. A plain one works quite well, thank you.

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  3. If I see one more local restaurant open with a menu consisting of overpriced local eggs, local cheese, and expensive takes on comfort food I can make at home I will probably drive my 22-year old car into a ditch on the way back from Taco Bell. I'd like some ethnic variety when it comes to dining. Heck, I'd appreciate a burger that costs less than $10 and I do not feel like paying extra for ketchup.

    In the blogging world, I'd like to see some color. White on white on white is getting old.

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    1. Regarding "white" I'm talking about decorating and house interiors, not skin color. Enough white walls, kitchens, and bedding.

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    2. Though, let's be honest, the world could use more bloggers with not-white skin color, too :)

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  4. Yeah, I'm not going to blame what happened on the hipsters who shop Restoration Hardware and roast their own coffee beans. It goes back decades and is a combination of backlash against an African-American President and an anger against a government that seems at an impasse, while jobs disappear and people fall further and further behind financially. I do lay the blame for the latter squarely at the feet of the Republicans, who refused to compromise with Obama in any way whatsoever. Here was a centrist President willing to make deals, but they wanted to see him fail. AND along came a candidate/conman who was able to convince people that this was the liberals' fault. Who was able to convince them to vote against a Democratic candidate who is so far to the center that a huge section of her own party disowned her.

    What's more frightening is that this is a result of 8 years of purposeful misinformation from powerful media companies, aimed not only at the economically disadvantaged whites but also at the well-to-do who view immigrants, equal rights, gay rights, etc., with suspicion. How else to explain the myriad Trump/Pence signs popping up all over the extremely affluent towns near me? I live in one of the richest sections of the country. These people don't need to take America back. They just don't want to share it.

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    1. You're right that there are way more deep seated and serious issues other than hipsters and their furniture. I also don't want to underestimate the pent up rage that occurs with daily interactions with some of them.

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  5. I am SO TIRED of idiot pundits saying that the Dems don't understand the working class. This isn't really about the working class. This is about anti-intellectualism, about people still slavering over states' rights, about the belief that the Federal government should have no say over our lives. Those people who took over the Federal wildlife refuge (with WEAPONS) were acquitted. What else do you need to know?

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  6. Sorry, but I'm feeling way more pissy than you are today!

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  7. Add me to the pissy list.

    You all have spoken truth here, and said it well. I believe Suburban Correspondent has nailed it. Fox News won the election. I might add, though, that in additional to anti-intellectualism, it is about fear of people Not Like Us.

    The acquittal of the people who took over the Malheur (means "unhappiness") wildlife refuge just irks me to no end.

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  8. Ah, pissy sister! Love it. And Suburban Correspondent's comments are spot on. But lemme bitch about the pretensions that annoy ME (since you asked):
    people who wear flannel and hiking boots but never trek beyond sidewalks or indoor hallways; Starbucks; the word "culinary;" people who wear North Face and other outdoor brands, but never ever actually commune with nature in a meaningful way. Yeah, I know it's their right to dress as they please, but it still peeves me.

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    1. Hold up. I've been wearing the same flannel shirts for years because darn it I get chilly. Ditto certain outdoor brands (but not NF). :-)

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  9. Definitely pissy here, plus I cannot shake my feeling of impending doom.

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  10. Now, now don't let Ol' Rumpletrumplskin get to you.
    The AMERICAN PEOPLE have spoken. It must be true, 'cause I read it on the Internet.
    There's nothing intrinsically wrong with cupping a turnip, but I would draw a line at sucking a carrot.

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