18 February 2009

An email from an old friend

I have an old buddy -- we go back a few years, are from the same home town, and we used to be real tight.   He spent a lot of time on the road, and used to email me several times a week, sometimes on a daily basis.   We had a whole posse, actually, and though we didn't live in the same city any more, the whole crew was really good about keeping in close touch, mostly via email, but calling my home pretty frequently, too.  

But a few months back, he got a new job -- a big promotion.   He doesn't have to spend nearly as much time traveling any more, and I figured we'd be able to hook up, maybe get a beer or hang out.   But no.  As soon as he got this new job, it was like he vanished off the face of the goddamn earth.  No more emails.  No phone calls.  Nothing.   I mean, I get it, he was busy, but is that any excuse for not keeping up with your friends?  You get a new job and all of a sudden you're too good for me?  He dropped me like a warm turd.  Yeah, I got the occasional message from the crew, a sort of desultory "He hasn't forgotten about you -- he still cares," email, but whatever.  I got over it.  It's not like I haven't been dumped before.

So I was a little surprised to see an email from him in my inbox today.  What does he want?  An apology?   It was with a mixture of suspicion and curiosity that I opened it to read:
Shadow --

Today, I signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.

This is a historic step -- the first of many as we work together to climb out of this crisis -- and I want to thank you for your resolve and your support....
Figures.  It's always work with him, isn't it?  

13 comments:

  1. His apology will come later.

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  2. Maybe he will apologize.

    Maybe people will come to realize that economics is not a science.

    Maybe we will find a way to avoid rewarding people for short term performance, when it has little to do with long term performance. it isn't as if we weren't getting plenty of advance notice of the problems in the financial sector.

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  3. SF you are delusional, seek help.

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  4. Nice set-up, Dr.

    I was having the same feelings about our mutual friend--in fact, I was just looking at some photos of him that I shot the last time he was in town--thinking how it had been ages--when I heard from him, too.

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  5. You need a penpal, drinking buddy, a religion, therapist, or something, to help fill your cup with hope.

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  6. You just jizzed in your pants over a freaking form letter.

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  7. You just jizzed in your pants over a freaking form letter.

    Good, high-quality stuff right there.

    The comment, not the jism.

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  8. Heyyyy! Whaddya mean he's your friend?? I thought he was my friend!

    That cheater.

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  9. Ah ! Jamais-impressionner-avec-elle-même carillons de Bianca dedans !

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  10. Salvete magister! Let's synchronize our language skills. Which plug-in-the-words online translator should I use to get your... jist? {shudder}

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  11. Rough translation without looking it up:

    Ah, never impressed with the same Bianca chimes ringing in here.

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