Just Say No to "No"Written by Tony Hendra
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Our economy revolves around lunch. Lunch, for early-jogging hard-charger, is first meal of day. Appetites sharpen; greed is at its peak. People make deals at lunch because they're hungry. But mere deals are not enough. What boosts economies into orbit are insane ideas - inventing an oven that will cook things in minutes; putting electronic asteroids in space; developing a pill to prevent pregnancy; creating a set of man and woman dolls who own all things real people do; using money a company hasn't yet earned to buy it now - kind of ideas that seem demented if you're drinking fruit juice but make complete sense if juice has been fermented.
For money to be made, someone has to say to someone else "Yes." And for lots of money to be made, someone has to scream "Yes! Yes! Yes!," whoop, holler, high-five, clink glasses and throw bread at other tables. What made Fifties' economy fizz wasn't good old family values. It was three-martini lunch.
Businessmen present themselves as clear-eyed conservatives who have studied figures and made most cost-effective, risk-reward balance, optimized, rationalized decision. In reality, recklessness is at very heart of capitalism; gravy train is a runaway, and Casey Jones is in cab. No one in his right mind would invest in a tenth of things capitalists invest in. That's why now, when we're all in our right minds, zip is happening. No economy ever fizzed on carbonated water.
So next time you find yourself lunching with a trio of smug, clear-eyed joy-buzzards, say "yes" to that Cosmopolitan Martini. Chances are one of them will crack and say "yes" too. Then they all will, and money is as good as in bank. And if they don't, who wants their gutless, bloodless, plodding, namby-pamby, scaredy-cat, pussyfooting business, anyway?
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You're not paranoid -- the house really hates you!Written by Cathy Goodwin, PhD
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If you seem particularly gullible, (e.g., house senses that youíre new to this game), your appliances may join fun. I am absolutely positive once-faithful refrigerator sent out a message: "How about this, guys. Letís really confuse everybody. Iíll put out a leak, send water over to sink, and theyíll think itís a big pipe in wall. After theyíve poked a few holes theyíll realize itís time to wake up that sleeping repairman!" And one day my security system kept getting an "Open Door" signal even when door was firmly locked. The tech found nothing wrong and it never happened again. My lawn service person knows how to work system: Let Them Know Whoís Boss. After he cut back hedges and pulled some over-aggressive vines that were trying to take over property, bushes stopped sulking and started putting out nice flowers. They knew what would happen if they didnít. Iíve been told that, after a year or so, house realizes youíre here to stay. Your new list of reliable helpers canít be fooled as easily as you were in beginning. And youíve emptied your bank account to create a peace offering -- a new floor or a paint job or a screen door. "Every so often," Iím told, "you even get thirty days with no service calls. But after six months or so, house gets bored and itíll start all over again." One thing is certain. In your houseís "Lose Owner" contest, thereís one simple rule. Whoever costs most, wins.
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