The article talks about how hard it is to show that you are really rich. We should invite George Will down to Beaufort for the annual migration.
Beaufort happens to be one of the spots that the toys of the really rich visit.
The location of Beaufort and it's great deep water harbor just off the Intracoastal Waterway means that the personal watercraft of the east coast masters of the universe happen to pass through a couple times a year.
They head north during hurricane season and often start wandering south again as the hurricane season winds down.
I'm not sure I want to know much it costs to fill up one of these vessels.
As I watch one of these vessels dock today, I decided that the last thing that I need is something that requires that much effort to get to a dock.
As you walk down Front Street in Beaufort, one could end up amazed at the home prices. Still the sand castles over on Emerald Isle blow away the value of real estate in Beaufort.
It is hard to get a feeling for the home values even through something like Trulia. Just don't plan on buying anything much on the water side of Front Street for less than one million.
My guess is that some of this conspicuous consumption is keeping the wheels turning in Beaufort. Harvesting a few dollars from the really rich when they pass through is good for the local economy and has been going on for years.
After all we're a little isolated from much of the modern world so we should be pleased by an occasional cash transfusion.