I had dinner with a friend last night who is not from NYC.  How refreshing that was!  There were four of us in total, 3 from NYC and 1 from LA.  The LA friend had a ball basically calling us out and telling us how silly we are complaining about the trials and tribulations of managing life and money in NYC.  She rightly said "you are all rich and have no reason to complain!".  Here here. 

What I most appreciated about this was her willingness to be forthright.  After her proclamation, our discussion turned to brutal honesty about money, fears, values.  It was a real conversation with no posturing and no pretense. 

Nice for a change.