Sunday, March 18, 2007

Our family is friends with another family that is currently going through some difficulties. They're enduring a crushing combination of medical, financial, and logistical issues that's making their day-to-day life profoundly challenging. The long-term picture is no simpler.

These are good, smart, nice people and've found themselves in a situation that they're unable to cope with.

So, what can they do? Build a drug selling empire? Sell the kids into slavery? Amway?

Oddly, they chose none of these options. Instead, they reviewed what resources they had available. Although they do not own a wheelbarrow or a holocaust cloak, they did realize that they have a set of intelligent and capable friends and relatives. So, like any corporation that needs guidance, they have gathered a select group of smart advisor and asked them to be the Board of Directors for their family.

Wisely they did not choose me for this role, because I am a perplexing combination of surly and goofball. Also, my giant zit, Pierre, would be a complete distraction during Board meetings. They did, however, ask Hank to join their family's Board of Directors, because she is smart, organized, thoughtful, and acne-free.

I think it's a pretty interesting idea, to gather capable people that you can trust with your private family issues, and ask them for ideas and guidance. I had never heard it formalized in quite this way. The Board is having their first meeting right now in our living room. I sure hope they come up with something smart.

8 comments:

tinyhands said...

My advice is to do what Gordon Gekko did in the movie Wall Street. Break it up and sell the pieces for more than the sum of the parts. Greed is good.

(Note: This was also the primary strategy for Richard Gere in Pretty Woman, so I know it works.)

Mike said...

That's what I suggested! Sell the kids!

Stupid Board.

chess h said...

No, no... don't sell the kids, rent the kids. Offer an exorbitant "rental insurance," and hint at dire consequences if the kids come back with so much as a ding on their doors, thereby scaring everyone into buying it. Also, charge five-star restaurant food rates if they return the kids without a full tank. It's gold!

Mike said...

Chess, oh, that's a very good idea. Leasing is always more lucrative than selling something. You should be the CEO of their family.

Tasty said...

That's insanely brilliant!!! And courageous for most Americans; we're so stingy with our private lives.

Mike said...

Tasty, I guess when the choices are to either keep your privacy or risk homelessness, suddenly privacy doesn't seem so important.

Tasty said...

I really do find the whole idea inspiring. Also, I have a wheelbarrow and holocaust cloak they're welcome to have.

Mike said...

Tasty, when they get ready to rescue the Princess, I'll let you know.