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From the publisher's desk: Fast cars and furniture

My sons and I often vacationed in Southern California when they were growing up. We usually stayed with my childhood friend Roseann who lives in Malaga Cove near Redondo Beach.

One June day in 1992 we all went down to what’s called “Hollywood Riviera” to have lunch in an outdoor café near the beach. My twins had just turned 15 in May and couldn’t wait to start driving. They craned their necks and oohed and aahed as Corvettes, Porsches and even a Lamborghini drove past. What my sons demanded to know and couldn’t understand was why all the cool cars belonged to “old geezers.”

You can apply the same principle to other possessions, like furniture for example. For most of my adult life, I’ve lived with hand-me-downs, inherited pieces or bargains I couldn’t resist. When Rick and I combined households I put my foot down, not allowing his floral sleeper sofa to cross the threshold. In retaliation he suggested my scuffed overstuffed brown leather sofa find a home at the dump.


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