Great restaurants, terrible people


 John Thorley
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I lived in Scottsdale for a few of my years in Arizona. It's a fun town with lots of fantastic restaurants, fun wine bars, and a great singles scene if you're a young man with money in his pocket and not looking for a serious relationship. My wife and I still go back and visit once a year or so for the food, but would never live there again due to the miserable pretentious people. I'm a very successful entrepreneur, and instead of embracing me, the locals with their leased BMWs and Rolexes bought on credit snubbed me because they absolutely can't stand the presence of someone who is truly successful. Scottsdale is a haven of phonies who live on over-extended credit and HELOC loans. I packed my bags and moved to a city full of real successful people and have found it to be far friendlier here.

It's downright unfriendly and in fact we never even met most of our neighbors. They would come home, pull into the garage, and close the door as soon as the bumper cleared in order to avoid talking to anyone. My street in "affluent" north Scottsdale was always full of repo men banging on people's doors and the cable guy disconnecting people for non-payment.

If you're a pro-douchebag who likes to make a "showing" then Scottsdale is for you. If you're legitimately successful, live somewhere else and only vacation there for the good golf and restaurants.
 

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Bruce F.

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Though I am currently just an aspiring entrepreneur who has had to earn everything I have (no hand outs of any kind or family financial support), I would agree that to an extent, these are reasonably accurate blanket-statements. You certainly can't fault people for trying to live a better life and have nice things, but I just don't see the necessity for people to act likewise, and this is certainly a common theme in this area. People in many areas of the country-especially larger cities, are very materialistic in general these days despite some recent rebalancing of the economy and housing. Yet, competing with the spoiled children of old money families isn't anything to be grateful for either (or having to compete against). The playing field of life is not fair game, yet I am hopeful that Americans-wealthy or not-make every reasonable effort to treat their friends, neighbors and co-workers with equal respect and opportunuty. The sooner we understand the importance of contributing individually and to each other and our society, the quicker it is possible for all to enjoy the fruits of our efforts and a well functioning society/government/democracy.
 

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