I read the bios on the Fox site and I'm left with renewed respect for the Solomons. Mr. Solomon and also his wife to some degree, seemed to be way too preoccupied with the symbols of status and self-pampering but to give them both their due, they have achieved their status and the accompanying perks through their hard work. And they were not only working hard but working smart.
I think they stress the importance of education because of what it has meant in their own lives. They left India to study in Israel. There they both earned PhDs in the sciences. They then came to the United States where Mr. Solomon went on to get a Masters in a business related field.
And now they seem to be living an up-scale life style and enjoying it. Good for them if it makes them happy. They're keeping within their budget and helping to keep the economy humming.
I have no problem with people bettering themselves by working hard and working smart, especially if they come from an impoverished background and had to really struggle. They deserve everything they have because they worked for it.
My problem with Aaron and Tal is they were RUDE, RUDE, RUDE. You do NOT tell someone their choice of restaurant or the food they prepared for you (and sushi takes a lot of work to prepare, it's not as if she heated up a can of baked beans, for heaven's sake) sucks, to her face. There are polite ways to do this. I know because I've done it. ("Please don't think me ungrateful, but I guess I'm a little out of practice eating spicy food/never developed a taste for sushi/can't eat as large a portion as I used to.")
Vered I can cut a little slack. If she's never known anyone who was into re-enacting, I can see where it may look to her as if they're "living in a fantasy world," when, as I said upthread, it's simply a harmless hobby. Personally I think it's great that there are organizations that give grown-ups the opportunity to play dress-up. I don't do re-enacting, but it strikes me as way more fun than a lot of so-called "grown-up" activities -- like golf.
Pa Parodi is no prize either; I can't stand overbearing dads. But if I were forced to live with one or the other, I'd pick the Parodis anyday.