Thursday, November 17, 2005
( 12:20 AM ) teahouse
Must Be Nice
A new partner recently joined my firm. He came from another firm just a month ago, bringing his business with him and single-handedly starting a new practice group. The firm made a big fuss about his arrival.
I said to one of my fellow associates, "They're so happy he's here. He must be bringing in a lot of business."
"He is!" She confirmed. "He's doing very well. He's totally loaded."
"How do you know?" I ask. "Most partners at our firm are pretty well off."
"He's on a whole other level," she said. "This is how I know: I heard his daughter is getting married at the Mandarin Oriental on a Saturday night. In June!!"
We both stood silently for a moment, letting those facts sink in.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen - this is the new litmus test for how much money somebody has - how fancy a wedding they can afford for their daughter.
My wedding will probably be at the Howard Johnson in Paramus, NJ on a Monday night in the dead of winter.
Or in front of my favorite falafel street vendor's cart on a corner of Fifth Avenue in the 40s. #