Friday Fill In #182

1. On vacation, I like to operate with a very loosely defined set of plans; I like to make sure there’s plenty of room to improvise.
2. I really don’t swim very much in the ocean. (Though I’m a Mainer, brought up so close to the ocean you can smell it, I don’t swim in very much. The north Atlantic waters are just too cold!)
3. One of my favorite vacation spots involved me snorkeling in crystal blue waters. (Any vacation spot that involves snorkeling is ok in my book!)
4. The great watch my Mom bought me has a moon phase dial; I can tell you how soon until the full moon.
5. Up, up and away in the Governor’s plane. (My first plane ride was given to me by my cousin Floyd. The plane was this really decked out twin prop job. He claimed it was the plane used by the Governor of Maine. True? I don’t know for sure, and Floyd is prone to storytelling.)
6. Bananas have made many appearances in my new “snacking more health-ily” diet.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to playing a swing gig for the Downeast Dancers, tomorrow my plans include meandering to Portland with my wife, and Sunday, I want to snorkel in Aruba! (I want to, but I won’t be!)

Friday Fill In #181

1. On weekdays, I’m usually about to hit the shower around 6:58.
2. It was the reason, of course, that the entire house fell in; it appears removing that lally column wasn’t such a hot idea.
3. Driving around late at night dressed as a ninja and standing in graveyards waiting for someone to show up so I can jump out and scream is something I no longer feel the need to do.
4. I have another errand to run, then maybe I’ll be able to hit the hay.
5. I have absolutely no idea where your batman underpants are! Nor do I have a clue where your shoes are, or your Eyeore …just go find it
6. What were once vices are now the ok thing to do–heck, elicit drug use is even accepted in presidents now.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to playing a gig with Steelin’ Thunder, tomorrow my plans include a Father’s Day hike with my kids and a wedding gig, and Sunday, I want to enjoy Father’s Day at my in-law’s house!

The Profitability of Bankruptcy

At work, I’m the guy who deals with accounts payable. I’m the guy that gets the letters from the bankruptcy court that says: “This person is filing for bankruptcy. How much do they owe you?” I then tell them the relatively small amounts that are owed. Then, I’ll get a letter back, saying (in a sense) “The debtor can pay this much. He owes a metric butt ton to these other people. They’re going to get a pittance payment. You’re getting nothing.”

Today, I received a follow up letter regarding a business that went belly up. They owe my company $266.00. Though nothing is final, I’m sure I won’t see a penny of this. The follow up letter is letting me know of an upcoming meeting. The accounts for the company are asking for a shade under $409,000! The attorneys are asking for $575,000! And we’ll get nothing. I wonder how much the attorneys and accountants “wrote off” for this company…