I often felt that I was witnessing the peak of our societal indulgence while reporting and writing Leisureville, especially as something called "Peak Oil" rumbles inexorably towards us, ready to crash our hedonistic party. When oil hits $200-$400 a barrel, I think there won't be so many Villagers waving their "right" to societal secession, segregation, endless leisure, and a low-paid service economy to, well, service their every need. Come Peak Oil, communities that can't cooperate with others, let alone communities that can't produce anything of any real value ... their days will be quickly numbered. The 45 pools will close, the 4 dozen golf courses will grow shaggy and unplayable, and there won't by any Mexicans around to manicure their gardens (and apparently sleep with lonely older women -- see entry below).
Here's a doozy of a link. I think you'll understand what I'm talking about and you'll also understand what James Kunstler said about my book on the jacket:
“Andrew Blechman’s account of the rampant unreality that has become the normal condition of life in Florida’s child-free retirement ghettos is fascinating. The generation that enjoyed the greatest economic boom in the history of the world is going out with a bang—the sound of society blowing up in our faces. Blechman has a laser eye for the tragicomic absurdities of all the fun, games, and wild sex in theme-park senior villages where Oz-like control is exercised by the developer and his minions. His mordant report from a strange land is consistently interesting.”
—James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency
BTW, I highly recommend anything written by Kunstler. He's a visionary. And he throws great parties. www.kunstler.com