The Christmas after we had Caroline, one of P.’s childhood friends dropped by to catch up, well maybe not catch up as much as let us know about him. He lives in New York but was in town visiting his parents and managed to fit us in between his big social events.
He sat and told us all about life in New York, throwing out names of important people, expensive sheets, and restaurants. We listened, and listened and listened some more and then he said “You know I went to a Christmas party at George Soros’ home.” I played it cool and was saying “really?” as P. asked the question that was really on my mind, “who is George Soros?”.
The friend looked at us like we were from a different planet as he said “well, he’s only the rock star of the hedge fund world.” I again played it cool and said “oh…” as P. again asked the real question on my mind, “what’s a hedge fund?”
Pretty shortly thereafter our friend needed to leave. If only George Soros had written a book about how to get your 5 month old to sleep through the night…we would have known exactly who he was.
Anyway I tell this story because we were watching the O’Reilly Factor tonight and guess who was featured…George Soros, billionaire financier. I felt quite the rush to realize I had served leftover tamales to someone who has attended a Christmas party at the home of a hedge fund rockstar.