An armed break in is a horrendous ordeal for anybody to endure. Goes without saying. Snapchatting your whopping great $3.5 million diamond ring for social media just hours beforehand; perhaps not the greatest idea in retrospect.
My guilty secret is that I LOVE the Kardashians! I’ll happily spend an hour rubbernecking in on their nuts lifestyle and inter familial dramas, thanks to E! Entertainment channel’s reality updates. It’s pure escapism. (Is watching the Kardashians grounds for divorce? Probably). I love Kim K; her sense of entrepreneurship, extreme bravado and enduring appeal are impressive. Admittedly, my eyebrows have raised a little over the bare breasted look that she’s been sporting lately but you can’t help feeling, “oh well, good on her. Who cares anyway?”
As their insatiable appeal continues, the Kardashians are increasingly about conspicuous consumption – which is one of the reasons why we shallow types all love them. They drip with jewels and wear all of the latest designer gear – some outfits more ridiculous than others.
I’ve commented before that living in Nairobi for expats, wealthy Kenyan and the new Kenyan middle class is not so unlike leading a celebrity existence. Big cars, domestic help, swanky restaurants, affordable manicures – you name it. For many who have moved here from northern climes, it’s a markedly more glamorous day-to-day life than you would be able to afford back home. Does armed robbery ever happen in Nairobi? Yes. And when you live here it’s at the back of your mind daily. As you navigate through your day (often spending too long in heavy traffic in between schools, offices and shopping centres) you would be crazy not to be aware of the disparity of wealth that is evident all around. As well as the fact that you make a pretty conspicuous target.
When you go out at night in Nairobi (and during the daytime too), security specialists warn residents to be especially aware of the moment that you drive into your property – which is the ideal time for intruders to hide in wait, hold up your car and then gain unfettered access to your home. Many neighbourhoods discourage walkers or joggers on suburban streets due to a rise in incidences of hold ups by armed thieves riding motorbikes. Then there’s the 2.30-3am witching hour; the time when many break-ins take place (and also the time that Kim K was held up). Its’ the dead of night when you are in your most deep sleep. Rainy season nights can be a vulnerable time as there are frequent power cuts during thunder storms and night guards and guard dogs might be sheltering rather than patrolling.
I imagine that Kim stayed as calm as humanly possible (terrifying for her that she was alone). It’s important to try to stay cool with jumpy/pumped-up intruders, to immediately comply with all requests to hand over valuables, not question anything and basically not freak out. At the moment when Kim became the victim of an armed robbery, all the frivolity of a realty star was stripped away. This incident reveals to us that not even Kim is invincible. It also reminds us that none of us are.