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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Capitalism At Its Best

Too much seriousness these past couple of weaks. It's time for a joke. Enjoy the giggle time:

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you.
You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave
this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really?" "And after that?"
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta >with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."
-OC and עולה ושן


At 3:33 PM, Blogger amechad said...

Hey hey hey! What's this making fun of capitalism here?

Capitalism rocks!

At 12:29 AM, Blogger Chai18 said...

out of all the isms capitalism is up there as one of my favorites, yes, even against feudalism and taoism

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

It's not making fun of capitalism when it's oh sooo true!!

At 9:06 PM, Blogger Movie Downloads said...

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At 2:56 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: Here's a true-life story from my house guest (Neve Dekalim refugee). She used to be a teacher at the Atzmona school. Best excuse for a student forgeting her homework:

Sorry, I forgot it on the helicopter this morning.

(Background: some of her 5th grade students used to fly in daily on an IAF helicopter from Netzarim to Atzmona)

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Oleh Yahshan said...

Jameel - welcome back, it's been a while. I like the conept, I think I might use it.

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OY: Its been a crazy 2 weeks. I'm starting to write about it, and capture all my thoughts in my blog. I have about 200 pictures I took in Chomesh, Neve Dekalim, the Kotel...its hard to take it all in (and get back to work).

I have 3 borther's in law who are policemen, and 1 who's in the IAF. Our family is having a weird time coping with everything...whatever. Got to get back to work.

At 5:10 AM, Blogger yochanan said...


Who is John Galt?


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