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Piece of Mind: The cost of being a La Cañadan

May 01, 2013|By Carol Cormaci

Last Friday we posted on the Valley Sun website a little gift we picked up from our mothership, the Los Angeles Times. It was an item about actor Vince Vaughn having purchased a home here for $3.925 million. You might have read it and thought to yourself that Vaughn must clearly possess keen intelligence, good taste and a well-grounded set of values. That was my first takeaway from reading the article, inasmuch as those traits are practically prerequisites for attaining the coveted designation of “La Cañadan.”

It helps if one's also high-achieving and extraordinarily good-looking, like another famed actor in our midst, Angela Bassett. Or any member of our beloved high school's pep squad, for that matter. But we'll cheerfully accept anyone who pledges to keep their yards tidy and will cart their trash cans in from the curb within 60 seconds after they're emptied. Oh, and there's also the hope that they're willing to pull out a checkbook when the school district comes calling. A $2,500 annual donation is the least one can do; if the goal is to make friends here, adding a few more zeros can insure the kind of status normally afforded royalty.

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A good sense of humor is advised for newcomers too. They'll need it when presented with the few minor bumps familiar to our citizens, such as waiting out one of the traffic signals near the Town Center, right?

Really, life here is pretty sweet. We are relatively isolated from the rest of civilization and we like it that way. But we get ever-so-slightly miffed when someone takes potshots at us or our surroundings.

Which brings me to another website posting earlier this week about the Vaughn purchase that called the beautiful home he and his wife selected “mundane” — right there in the headline, where everyone could see it. I believe my cheeks blushed with a flash of anger when I read that word.

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