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Counting one’s blessings

April 1, 2009

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.

  1. allocator
    April 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Whereabouts in Florida, Rocky? Is this vacation?

    Counting one’s blessings is always good. Counting one’s money is good too, but the blessings you can always fall back on.

    Speaking of blessings, spring is finally here. Last Saturday I was able to sit outside comfortably at one of our local cafe’s – and I’ve been riding my bike to work since I got back from vacation in Florida. Now I have to roust the band again – the rink is long gone and field house where we practice is available again.

    Have a great trip.


  2. April 3, 2009 at 10:04 am

    South Florida. You’ll know that you ran into Rocky — if you see a guy wearing a sweat shirt in 90 degree heat. At least it’s “dry” heat 😉

    This is decidedly not a vacation.

  3. allocator
    April 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I usually use that expression when someone comments about the rain. I’ll say “Well at least its a dry rain”, often to see if they are actually involved in the conversation.

    I like to do the same thing when people ask me how I am. Rather than the automatic “fine”, I like to respond with some other adjective or phsrase such, as “conflicted”, “bovine”, “gruntled” (they have to think about that one), “existentially adrift”, “psychotic, yet gainfully optimistic”, “moderately flatulent”, or “I don’t understand the question”. “Highly aroused” sometimes gets some notice as well.


  4. masteroftheuniverse
    April 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Speaking of rain,

    I like when I go surfing and it’s raining outside. After my surf session, people are amazed that I went out in the rain. I just tell them, “Here’s your sign.” I don’t know if that bit of pop culture made it up your way, but it is big in the south.


  5. April 7, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    The trip was a success — Rocky is back in the saddle….

  6. allocator
    April 7, 2009 at 6:15 pm


    Surfing in the rain? That’s nuts – you’ll get wet! 🙂


    What saddle would that be? Hadn’t noticed you’d fallen out.


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