Counting one’s blessings
A Nice Gentleman sat next to Rocky on a recent airplane flight. Rocky shares Nice Gentleman’s saga as an example of both Murphy’s Law and a remarkable perserverance of the spirit.
The Bad News: Nice Gentleman’s family was heavily invested in the Madoff Funds. His daughter’s college fund was wiped out, along with his retirement savings.
The Good News: He was sanguine, recognizing that he had taken out many dividends over the years, and would have lost just as much money in more traditional investments (after tax benefits).
The Bad News:Nice Gentleman was enroute to Florida — to visit his aging mother, who had early stage Alzheimers Disease.
The Good News: During his last visit, he hid his mother’s car keys. Demonstrating that “she’s still with it”, she called the car dealer and had a new set of keys made.
The Bad News:Nice Gentleman was laid off from his job of more than 10 years last week.
The Good News:He already has a job prospect, and may decline his former employer’s severance package, because it contains a non-compete agreement.
The Bad News:The same day that Nice Gentleman was fired, he was walking his small dog (a cockapoo) in a park. The tiny dog was attacked by a german shepard who picked up the little fellow in his mouth, and started shaking it like a rag doll.
The Good News: Nice Gentleman rescued his dog — rushed to the Vet — and, after surgery, saved the little guy’s life.
Rocky was ambivalent about Nice Gentleman’s tale: Rocky was unsure whether to feel sympathy for Nice Gentleman’s misfortune, or to envy Nice Gentleman’s improbably upbeat mood and optimism.