scienceguy wrote:I am intrigued by the idea of joining our fancy local country club even though I don't play golf or tennis. I like the idea of having someplace really close that I can go and get dinner, go to the pool, hang out in sort of luxury, and bump into friends and socialize without having to pre-plan.
I think this is a character flaw, especially since I have no particular affinity for rich people, just nice smart people. But I do like to hang out.
Joining a country club would not demonstrate a character flaw in you, but you may find character flaws in some of the members (just like anywhere else in life).
For more than a decade, I was a member of a golf-focused country club. I left when I was no longer able to golf regularly, and because the club was not located close enough to me that social functions were easily enjoyed. My wife and I made friends there, some who have continued despite us no longer being part of their daily routine at the club.
If you enjoy people (and vice-versa) and live close enough where you can hang out regularly, you are bound to meet like-minded folks who might become your friends. In any event, the staff will treat you like a king