I am assuming that most of us here on the Purse Forum go about our daily cyber lives obsessing with each other and we never have opportunities to do so with IRL friends and family. While I do have fashionista sisters (the notorious susieserb is one) and while I do talk bag buys endlessly with her, I never do so with other girlfriends. They just don't get it. Sometimes I am designated the "Purse Fool" for their enjoyment. "What bag is she wearing today? Is that a NEW one? Okay - spill - how much did it cost?" Then I say, "I got it on sale!" Inevitably they respond, "But what does 'SALE' mean for you?" And then they groan and laugh with widened eyes like I am totally insane. They seem to love this little humilation. None of them would ever feel comfortable spending the big bucks on any accessory even though they could all well afford it. Last night the group - with DH's in tow - all went to see a rock concert - an old people's rock concert: John Fogerty for those who remember Creedance Clearwater Revival. I had carefully put my outfit together figuring it was a chance to showcase my rock and roll chain handled patent Betty. It seemed appropriate! I had on my new leather bomber jacket and straight leg jeans tucked into my boots. All my circle seemed to make comments on the boots - "Were they new?" Actually they weren't. No one mentioned the bag at all since I had trotted it out before. These days you have to have your bags checked for contraband at the stadiums and they have these uniformed gals to do the searches before they will let you in. I dutifully started unzipping the top to allow access when the place exploded. Total pandemonium. All the security gals were going crazy over my PURSE! There was much screaming and yelling to each other: "CHECK THIS OUT"! My friends and DH were alarmed at first. What was the fuss about? Was I being arrested? NO - it was my BAG! I was like a celebrity - LOL! Now there is a lot more respect. After all if anyone would know purses it would be these security gals. They see a lot of them coming through after all! Chloe has much more of an impact than I ever dreamed - LOL!