Chutzpah= the quality of audacity, for good or for bad. The Yiddish word is derived from the Hebrew word ḥutspâ
(חֻצְפָּה) meaning"insolence" or "cheek".
As a teenager in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, I made my spending-money by babysitting. Back then, I think the going rate was 50 cents an hour---certainly
not get-rich-quick money. My babysitting services were most-popular among local Jewish Families, with such familiar last names as Baim, Sherman, Gershner, and Blau.
impressionable, I observed that Jewish women were more confident, more out-spoken, than other women in Pine Bluff. Jewish women appeared to “say what they thought and get what they wanted.” From that time on, I observed that every Jewish
woman---from Arkansas to New Jersey, from California to New York—wore the fanciest jewelry, the most elegant furs, drove the finest cars---and had the most adoring husbands.
the eighties, while living in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, I became friends with a young doctor named Bob, from Long Branch, New Jersey. I never tired of hearing Bob's most-unusual story:
up in a poor Italian family, Bob was determined to earn money for Medical School and soon, he took the advice of a few of his more-seasoned, male friends. Barely eighteen, he signed up to be a House Boy at one of Long Branch’s Fanciest High-Rise Hotels.
The Hotel catered to wealthy Jewish Widows from New York City who paid large sums to live there, year-round.
Basically, being a House Boy meant doing anything and everything requested
by “The House”….meaning the occupants therein. When Bob wasn’t attending college, taking tests, and studying, he was driving some Jewish Lady (in her car) to the hair dresser, bridge parties, shopping, and doctor’s appointments.
He also served as a Jewish Woman’s “date” for dinner, movies, plays, and sight-seeing, It seems Bob was a favorite dance partner for the much-older ladies too, but-- most intriguing--Bob was the most sought-after House Boy when the
Jewish Ladies were in need of a... bed partner.
Fascinated by his former job description, I asked Bob endless questions including: What did the job pay? Of course it was difficult
to break-it-all down for each “assignment” but… he said that working approximately 48 hours for an “average” week earned him more than 6 thousand dollars. He explained that Jewish Ladies liked to “tip” rather than
pay an hourly wage. So, the more these wealthy women liked your looks, your actions, and your ability “to please” them….. the bigger the tip.
He admitted there
were some major “challenges” and described one Jewish Lady in particular. The Lady was more than eighty, in a wheelchair, completely incontinent, had loose dentures, and--- despite endless cosmetic surgeries and hair implants-- resembled a grotesque
old man. Even worse, because of her “plumbing problems”.... she smelled like an outhouse. Bob said it was widely-rumored she was the wealthiest woman in the building and... she tipped well to the young boys she liked best. He
admitted to spending several nights with her but refused to divulge the intimate details(I was insatiably curious). Bob only confirmed that he received more than five thousand per night.
always said that money can’t make you happy but--- it allows you to have choices. Jewish Ladies from Long Branch, New Jersey, seemed to enjoy spending their money in entertaining ways, like: When in need of a dancing partner, they just paid for the youngest
and best-looking House Boy with the best moves. When they felt lonely, they chose the best House Boy money-- could buy-- to provide all-kinds of attention. And, when they wanted a bed partner, they selected the best-looking and best-equipped House
Boy in the building and paid him extremely-well for a “job well done.”
By the way, Bob had no problem paying for college or med school-- thanks to the Jewish Ladies of
Long Branch. He may not have loved his job but--it certainly loved him back.
Hmmmmm...wonder if.....in many ways....this doesn't sound a little-like prostitution?!?!?
Regardless, it was a situation that, apparently, satisfied everyone involved. Most importantly, Bob is now a wonderfully-trained gynecologist who has an outstanding reputation for knowing HOW
TO PLEASE his patients...mostly Jewish.