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The importance of being a society swell

There are cities where a fair percentage of the well-to-do seem keenly interested in their perceived social standing.

Exposure to such individuals and their offspring sometimes makes Communism attractive.

One of the things many of us like about Spokane is the fact that there aren't a lot of people here obsessed with high-society BS. This just isn't that kind of place.

Maybe that's because we are not overrun with the idle rich. Or perhaps it has something to do with that dynamic, found throughout the West, of people being judged more on their merits than on their family name.

But that's not to say there aren't any people here who aspire to be considered among Spokane's version of society swells. They exist. I'll even go so far as to quantify it. (Feel free to disagree with my estimates.)

Would love to be seen as having "social elite" status: 7%

Would admit to the above: 0%

Would like to see anyone photographed at a social function rounded up and placed in confinement: 72%

Thinks society functions are a place to put the arm on people for business or donations: 11%

Sees a certain kind of vacuous holding-a-glass-of-champagne smile and immediately thinks "Let's start the revolution today": 8%

Enjoys Spokane society photos for local cleavage potential: 1%

Thinks daily newspapers are struggling because they mostly did away with the old-style society page: 1%




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