July 14, 2011
Rich for a Day
I work at a hedge fund, and let me tell you, there is a lot of money in this business. I am definitely forcing my kids to go into finance when they get older, so they can take care of me and buy me lots of nice things.
My company has different events throughout the year, and they are always extravagant and something I have never done or ever would never be able to do. Every year, my company hosts an all day outing during a normal work day. This is the first outing I have been to, and I was blown away.
It was held at a country club on Long Island that one of my co-workers belongs to. At the club, there were tennis courts, putting greens, driving ranges, and croquet courts scattered throughout, with a mansion, built in 1910, used as it's main club house. At first I was a little put off because there was a strict dress code, which caused me to have to buy an all white tennis outfit, along with white tennis shoes. Also, when I was not wearing my tennis whites, there was a dress code of blouses or collared shirts, Bermuda length shorts, and no jeans. Having never been to place with such a strict dress code (BYU's not even THAT bad! ha) I thought the day would be really uptight and I would feel really out of my element. However, the dress code made everyone look so nice and I felt really yuppie, which surprisingly I really liked. haha
Prior to the day we signed up for the activities we wanted to participate in, as there were lessons for each sport.
I had an hour and a half tennis lesson from a REAL Tennis Pro, and by golly, I was really good! It made me wish I could have lessons like this all the time, perhaps I would be a tennis genius! You never know! I really enjoyed playing a sport again. It brought be back to my junior high and high school days. I didn't realize how much I actually enjoy these types of activities.
After our tennis lesson it was then time for our croquet lesson. The last time I played croquet I believe I was 5 years old and played with a set my family had in our backyard. I obviously didn't know the rules at that age or the technique of hitting. It was a lot of fun to learn the strategy behind the sport and to once age feel very yuppie and like I should be speaking with a rich old lady English accent.
Once we had our fill of croquet, we headed to the other country club location, located right on the ocean. We took showers and got ready for the evening's activities and the amazing dinner. As we sat on the deck, enjoying a steal drum Caribbean band, bottomless appetizers and an open bar (not too exciting for me as a sipped on my water the whole time), it was almost too perfect. The band even got a few of us engaged in a little healthy limbo competition, which I gladly participated in.
Then. Comes. Dinner.
Holy Moly. I couldn't believe the food. I had my first full lobster, which I had to have a lesson on how to appropriately eat. And who would have known that the meat inside the claws are the best! So delicious.
This day was definitely a day of "firsts." I felt like royalty the whole day, and got a taste of "the rich life," and really liked it.