Several years ago, a buddy of mine somehow got his hands on two All-Access Opening Night Sundance Film Festival tickets. I wasn't privy to any details concerning how he acquired the tickets for free so I can only assume he was part of some underground Utah mafia. Anyway, he invited me to join him and gave me a rundown of what to expect.
* The tickets gave us access to dinner served on the top floor of the venue.
* Robert Redford would be there.
* I needed to dress nice and act dignified.
* Many city officials would also be in attendance.
The night arrived and I dressed in one of my best outfits. I wore a floor length black skirt with a form fitting V-necked burgundy striped shirt. I accented the V-neck with a silver necklace and square black pendant. I did my best to mingle with all the socialites. I met some individuals in high positions: city government, state government, and school board executives. Although I was able to relate with most of the guests, it was clearly obvious that this elite class wasn't what I'd grown up in.
One of my favorite conversations was with a city official. She and I were enjoying some delicious food with names I couldn't remember let alone pronounce when she noticed my necklace. She let out an audible sigh then said, "I adore your necklace. It looks like onyx and I just love that stone. Tell me, is it 'Tiffany's'?"
Conversation hit a slight bump as I replied, ""Ah...no. It's her younger sister, Claire's."
Sigh - I don't fit in.
At least the movie was good.