I am sure that, since I sort-of live in Scottsdale, you have all been waiting for me to comment on this:
It started out small, with people all across the country nicknaming this city "Snottsdale."
Then came the reality television show about a local women's book club
where members spend almost no time delving into fine literature but
endless hours discussing Botox, marrying for money and the latest
Soon after began the headlines about America's most
famous porn queen buying a Scottsdale strip club and the city's rapid
response: an ordinance that would prohibit dancers from being closer
than 4 feet from clients.
And then--as if all that hadn't been
enough--a guy from Las Vegas carpetbagged into town and opened a
restaurant named after a not-to-be-mentioned-in-polite-company part of
the female anatomy.
I say that I sort-of live in Scottsdale, because I actually live in neighboring Paradise Valley, another suburb of Phoenix, but since almost all the famous people listed in the article as Scottsdale residents actually live in PV, I guess I must count as Scottsdale too.
Anyway, here is my comment: I think it is freaking hilarious. Any city that actually spends tax money and chamber of commerce funds to advertise itself nationally as a rich enclave deserves what it gets. If you try to advertise yourself as the next Beverly Hills 90210, you shouldn't be surprised when the media treats you like, well, Beverly Hills 90210.
I will say that growing up in Houston and living in Dallas for years has somewhat immunized me to the hijinx of the tacky biologically-augmented nouveau riche. While those who grew up in the Scottsdale that was the quiet horse town seem to be pretty bent out of shape by the town's new reputation, I don't see many of them complaining about the increases they have had of late in their real estate values. And if the rich scene is more like Paris Hilton than like a Literary Lions Ball at the Met, well, at least it has some entertainment value. (Though not too much, since CBS is cancelling their reality show).
The best feature of Scottsdale has to be school functions, because Scottsdale does lead the nation on the hot mom index. I remember when we first moved here both my wife and I were floored at the women at the first school function we attended. Heck, I still volunteer to drive the kids to school in the morning. And don't even get me started about women at the Phoenix Open -- there is a reason the tournament is still a favorite among tour players despite the roudy crowds.
In conclusion, returning to the article, I couldn't have said it better than this:
"Oh, get over it," she said. "So what
if people want to make fun of us? Every city has its own particular
brand of strangeness. For some it may be gangs or drugs or troubled
youth. We just happen to have some over-Botoxed blonds with oversexed