A Little Boating Humor
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An Open Letter To My Creditors
Dear Banks and/or Credit Unions to whom I owe money,
I have started down that slippery slope to bankruptcy and thought you might appreciate it if I gave you plenty of advance notice. Granted, this may not happen for a while, but I didnÂ’t want it to be a complete surprise for you when it does.
You see, I have recently taken the first step toward insolvency, according to many financial experts. Yes, thatÂ’s right. Despite knowing full well what the future consequences were, I (actually, itÂ’s we , since my wife will be penniless also) recently went out and bought a boat. This news is certain to cause the people in your collections department to adorn my file with those large red flags that you like to use to denote probable future deadbeats. I understand. You have rules that youÂ’ve got to follow.
Although it probably has no bearing on your view of our financial future as being quite dismal, I thought you might like to know that we only bought a small boat. A used one. One that was well within our budget. Oh, I know, youÂ’re going to say that it doesnÂ’t matter how sensibly the addiction begins. YouÂ’re going to tell me that once it has taken hold there is little, if any, treatment. YouÂ’ll warn me that the insidious cravings worsen with each season until the guy who started out with a small pontoon boat wakes up one day in the stateroom of his custom built seventy-eight foot houseboat and realizes that he is in way over his head. Then he has no choice but to bail out, so to speak, of his financial obligations. It happens all the time, you say.
Perhaps itÂ’s pier pressure (a little marine humor there) that causes otherwise sane people to immediately start planning the purchase of a larger boat the same day they take delivery of their new one. All it takes is for some so-called friend to float by in a rig thatÂ’s 6 feet longer and twenty miles-an-hour faster, saying, “Hey, man, this is good stuff, ya wanna try it?” They give it a try and the next thing you know, theyÂ’re visiting boat dealerships, hanging pictures of the bigger boat on their refrigerator door and putting their 3 week old boat in the Boat Trader. Tragically, theyÂ’re hooked. Another classic example, you say, of the need for a Just Say No campaign on our nationÂ’s lakes and waterways.
Maybe youÂ’re right. After all, you guys are the experts. YouÂ’re the ones who are left holding the bag by those who succumb to the seduction of a first boat and then rapidly go financially downstream after that. YouÂ’re the people who try to intervene by referring debtors to Boaters Anonymous. (The reason those meetings donÂ’t work, by the way, is that whenever someone mentions “higher power,” everybody else runs out to buy a bigger boat motor.) YouÂ’re the originators of the saying, “Not everyone who owns a boat goes bankrupt, but everyone who goes bankrupt owns a boat.” Of course, youÂ’re also the people collecting incredible amounts of interest from all of those overextended boaters, but thatÂ’s not the point here.
So, dear creditors, now you know. ItÂ’s probably only a matter of time until our boat payment dwarfs our mortgage payment; until weÂ’re raiding the kidsÂ’ college funds to cover the slip rental at the marina; until weÂ’re found siphoning fuel from neighboring boats because our gas cards are maxed out. But, until that time comes, you can breathe a sigh of relief with every check we send you (after it clears, of course). Who knows, maybe weÂ’ll even be one of the few who beat the odds by enjoying boating while remaining fiscally sound. (Is that snickering I hear?)
Okay, I feel much better now that IÂ’ve given you this advance notice. If anything else comes up that I think you should know, IÂ’ll be back in touch. In the mean time, if you turn down any loan applications because the people are trying to buy too much boat, ask them if theyÂ’d be interested in a 3 year old, 20 foot bowrider. You see, we have our eye on this new twenty-six footer and if we can sell our old boat, then…well, never mind. There are some things you probably donÂ’t need to know.
Solvent (So Far) in Seattle
Submitted By: Anonymous
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