"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Great Zucchini

This is an amazing article about a guy who does children's parties in the DC area. Read it. Really. (HT to the great Mr. Lileks)

One of the odd things about having young children is watching people exert themselves in all sorts of ridiculous ways for their children's birthday parties. Why people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a party for three-year olds is beyond me.

12 comments:

Tlaloc said...

"Why people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a party for three-year olds is beyond me."

While I agree with you, that's really nothing. You might have heard about defense contractor David Brooks' Bat Mitzvah for his thirteen year old daughter.

Price tag: $10 million.

Really-
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/369995p-314735c.html

By the way Brooks company makes bullet proof vests for the military. Just not good ones:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-05-08-armor-investigation_x.htm?POE=click-refer

Ah war profiteering... it's for the children.

The Classic Liberal Anonymous said...

Why people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a party for three-year olds is beyond me.

Ditto.

But you must understand, the parties are not necessarily for the three-year olds. I believe it is a way for parents to feel like they have done something good for their kids ... maybe to assuage some guilt?

Hunter Baker said...

Having a three year old of my own, I would happily pay $300 (if I had the resources) to set him and a group of his friends gleefully into laughter for thirty minutes or so.

The Classic Liberal Anonymous said...

(if I had the resources)

Great disclaimer! I would have to say that it applies to me as well.

The popular party around "here" is for parents to rent the indoor soccer complex. It ain't cheap, but the kids do have fun.

Tlaloc said...

I think it's more than a question of how much it costs. It's also the message you are sending to your kids. Specifically that they have to have a big presentation made in order to have fun.

With young kids personally I've found that such demonstrations are a waste... the kid inevitably has more fun with the box that the super expensive toy comes in than the toy itself. With older kids I just wouldn't like to encourage that mentality.

Look at it as an entitlement mentality if that helps.

tbmbuzz said...

Kudos, Tlaloc! You obviously get what parenting is about!

Jay D. Homnick said...

If I may restate Hunter's point, it is "beyond you", Michael, because three hundred free and easy dollars are beyond you at this early stage of your career. Later you may have an epiphany.

Hunter Baker said...

I can defend Mr. Simpson on this point. He can more than easily handle the three hundred!

Kathy Hutchins said...

I think it will always be "beyond" some of us simply because we grew up among the tightwad Midwestern bourgeoisie. I have no idea what the festivities entailed on my third birthday, but extrapolating back from age, say, ten, it was grilled hamburgers on the porch followed by unsupervised mayhem with my cousins in a soybean field while my parents and uncles got squiffy on Carling Black Label.

Evanston said...

I'd like to thank Michael Simpson for directing us to a great article. If you haven't clicked on the "link" I really recommend it.

Jay D. Homnick said...

Yes, thanks very much, Michael. The article is astonishing.

Hunter Baker said...

Hey Kathy, I wanna "get squiffy" too. Arrange it, would ya?