I personally don't care how you spend your 350.00. I don't find the marginally rich, moderately rich or mega-rich offensive simply by dint of their wealth. What struck me was that each class, each group of people, each and every sub-culture has it's own social currency, however, the rules for "not sucking at life" remain, in general, the same for everyone. We are, after all, the same species, just divided up into classes based on resources, race and religion. The very rich schmooze. I schmooze. I doubt we're schmoozing the same people, but the skill set remains the same. I found the insinuation that the well-off simply need to know how to do more a little troubling. Why can't we discuss how we teach our children to operate in our society, whatever our society is?
I was also fairly bemused by the whole restaurant side-bar; how does a person who has accumulated enough wealth to worry about teaching her children about wine pairings not feel comfortable asking for assistance with a menu not in her native tongue? I was under the impression that stockpiling money took some grit, some nerve, some chutzpah... maybe I was wrong. Maybe this is why I'm not doing the backstroke in my $$$s like Scrooge McDuck. By no means is this an attack on the OP; I'm truly baffled by this. Maybe my comfort with asking questions brands me as working class; maybe raising my hand and inquiring is declasse. But I just don't get it. So I weighed in.
Finally, I want to say that although I am certain everyone has troubles and travails in life, I find the idea that being well-to-do is as difficult or nearly as difficult, as marginalizing or nearly as marginalizing, as challenging or nearly as challenging as being working class, poor or indigent frankly and wholly ridiculous. I disagree that it is more socially acceptable to take shots at the rich; I think that by and in large in USAian society it is completely acceptable to attack the poor, blaming them for their situation and refusing any public action that might benefit the poor at large and society as a whole.
I don't believe any of the posters that mentioned they were offended by posts to this thread bore my previous post in mind, however, I wanted to clarify my position. What I type I do so as gently as possible, and respectfully, but really... why can't we discuss how we share our social capital with our children as one group? Why was this a "class thing"?