Economics 101

19 Jul

Life is slowly getting back to what is, for me, normal; that is so say, quasi-normal.  I think I finally have my new laptop up and running with all the bells and whistles that I want whistling and chiming, and all the ones I don’t, hushed up.

I am once again about 3,000 emails and blog posts behind and I’m thinking about chucking them all and starting fresh; if I do, it’s not because I don’t love you – ya’ll know that – but my capacity was exceeded so long ago, I’ve just got to own up to the fact and get over it.

In fact, altogether, the whole mess has left me rather out of the mood even for blogging, so here’s an email from my friend, Gary, that made me chuckle today.  Sums up a lot of how I’m feeling now I’m two grand poorer…

It is the month of July, a small resort town sits next to the shores of a lake. It is raining, and the little town population of 200 looks totally deserted. In these tough times everybody is in debt, and everybody lives off credit.

Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 dollar bill on the reception counter, and goes to inspect a few rooms upstairs in order to pick one.

The hotel proprietor takes the 100 dollar bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the 100 dollar bill and runs a few doors down to pay his debt to the pig raiser.

The pig raiser takes the 100 dollar bill, and runs across Main St. to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel.

The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to the corner to pay his debt to the town’s prostitute that in these hard times, offers her “services” on credit.

The hooker runs with the 100 dollar bill to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there.

The hotel proprietor then lays the same 100 dollar bill back on the counter so that the rich tourist does not suspect anything.

A few minutes later the rich tourist comes down after inspecting the rooms, and takes his 100 dollar bill saying to the hotel proprietor that he did not care for any of the rooms, and leaves town.

No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looks to the future with a lot of optimism, and that is how the United States Government is doing business today.

5 Responses to “Economics 101”

  1. Saje July 19, 2009 at 5:51 PM #

    Yay! You’re back! How are you feeling, Kat?

    • Faerie♥Kat July 20, 2009 at 6:32 PM #

      Hi, Saje!

      I slept ALL DAY, today. Apparently I had an exhausting weekend, but you wouldn’t know it by anything I did. I think it was more what I didn’t do, and that was eat. I am having trouble in that area again. I simply have no appetite and this is not a good thing. Being malnourished is the last thing I need right now. I’m going to a new nephrologist on Wednesday and another alarming set of kidney blood tests would not make my day.

      The poor appetite seems to be part of a general malaise and apathy I’ve been stuck in for the past two weeks. I don’t like the Florida heat — too much humidity for my taste. In spite of the very dry lips while I was in Las Vegas and Utah, I was so happy to be outside in the dry heat — how I miss it. Unfortunately, a move to anywhere, much less somewhere dry, is not possible in today’s economy. I spent a day at a new local water park last week with my family and, while not completely miserable as the humidity was relatively low that day, I still was head-achy and not in any mood to stand in long lines — which limited me to the “rivers” and which I enjoyed tremendously (one was very fast — so fast in fact that you had to wear life-vests!).

      All-in-all, I am doing rather well and really have no reason for complaint — so I’ll stop complaining now!

      How are YOU doing?



  2. gt281 July 20, 2009 at 6:29 PM #

    bout time………

    • Faerie♥Kat July 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM #

      Yeah, I missed you, too!

  3. Saje July 21, 2009 at 12:25 AM #

    Glad to hear you got some sleep at least; hopefully the eating and everything else improves soon. I’m doing well although nothing is really new. Just getting out and doing summery things like camping, pool parties, and an improv theatre show tonight. Chat soon!

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