A collection of retrospective humor vignettes designed to enhance immune systems everywhere -- (particularly the one inside my spousal unit).
"There's nothing happening now that I haven't already experienced, thoughtfully considered, then made fun of." -- CGiven
Institutional Cards to Which I Am Forever Indebted
My children and I shall be forever indebted to the world
of Financial Aid.Indebted until
It’s not just that their colleges mysteriously qualified
them for enough funding to purchase private islands peppered with personal
handmaidens. It’s that their debt-ratios make them excellent credit risks.
Long ago, each
of their institutions of higher tuition calculated, very carefully, their
credit risks.And if you can’t
trust them for accuracy, well… go
visit parking lots of any institution of higher learning to see the kinds
of cars financial aid staff drive.
My kids don’t know any this, of course (unless they’re
reading this now, but I’m probably safe). Although, there is a chance my oldest child suspects he
possesses super-hero credit. He
and his fiancée recently qualified for nearly twenty ba-skillion dollars for a
variety of high-end homes near Ontario, one of which they bought and live in as I
At first we thought this was due to the metric system Canada
uses. But it is technically thanks to Nick’s college and its intrepid Financial
From 1998 until 2003 when (YAY!) all three of our sons
attended a variety of universities full-time (private schools to boot, since these
provide the best loans money can’t buy) they all began receiving mail order
invitations to enjoy additional debt, via plastic.
Since our kids list our personal mailbox as their legal
address, my mail contained an average of 20 credit card applications per week,
per son, for decades.
Our first-born received the most powerful offers. That is
because we were the most poor when he started college. If you’ve ever taken a
Sociology course, you know that the offspring of impoverished parents tend to
inherit that same earning-capacity.Ergo, with poverty as the key indicator American financial institutions
use to calculate ability to pay back loans, Nick had qualified -- by his 18th birthday -- for more than $300 K.
The letters that accompanied his invitations to plastic wealth
were monuments to creative writing.
Dear Master Nicholas,
You should be proud of
your exemplary credit rating.It
has not gone unnoticed.
Because you take debt
seriously, it should please you to know we have included YOU amongst our select
family of Executive Gold Card Elitists.
Welcome to the world
of Preferred Debt!
Your Personal Gold
His cards were all at zero per cent interest for the first twelve months, no
annual fee, and each came with Gold Leaf Blanque Cheques. Thrilling executive cheques that promised to
“consolidate high interest loans if you simply fill in the blank!”
So I did.Twenty-three times. For all of my kids. For fifteen
The most difficult part was practicing their autographs but
I pretty much nailed this by Nicholas’ graduation.
In fact, between Nick’s freshman year and our third son’s
graduation in 2008, I'dearned a total
of 30 Gold Leaf Cards with Companion-Cheques to pay off various credit-lines such
as mortgages and things and was never charged even zero per cent!
I have heard some of this is obliquely sub-legal, but credit
card companies would not be offering to pay off my other lines of credit if we did
not somehow all win in the end.
“first twelve months” never transpire.It says so in the fine print on my Gold Leaf Applications.
But even if my loans do “come to term,” my daughter’s Financial
Aid department will qualify her for Graduate
School.And once her
institution sees how many Gold Cards her brothers’ colleges won me, Abby will
thing about my 30 Gold Leaf Cards is that I can finally mail all of those
‘Welcome To Preferred Debt’ letters to my creditors.
sending me remittance hate mail.
Dear "Nicholas And/Or Jacob,"
It has been eight
months since we sent your first bill for the Nighty-Night-NOOK you ordered for "J Given" who must surely be your cherished Dad.How we wish we could
have been there to see his face!
Thanks to insightful
sons like you, Barnes vs Noble can continue its crusade against dementia by
using WORDS to stimulate minds of aging parents LIKE YOURS!
Because it is people
like YOU, "Nicholas And/Or Jacob," who recognize the MERITS of words, we
have allowed these eight months to lapse without a remittance reminder.We know that people like YOU are busy
improving our world.
Perhaps your checque
and our correspondence crossed in the mail. After all, someone
with YOUR exemplary credit would never neglect his obligations.So we thank you in advance for your
If, however, you have
chosen not to pay, check your mailbox next month for a letter from Phase Two of
our Collection Plan.
Don’t make us hurt
Nighty-NOOK Credit Services, Barnes vs Noble LTD
Dear "Zachary And/Or
We are not certain how
you can look in the mirror.Here
we are, eleven months after the root canal you agreed to – begged for – for
your retired, aging mother.
Thanks to high-tech
lasers, your mother enjoys the miracle of mastication with two freshly-capped
Research has proven
that teeth are crucial to the continued neural development of our aging
population. Parents rendered
toothless by negligent children can no longer think OR chew.
It is evident, "Zachary And/Or Abigail," that you once counted yourselves among children who loved
their parents.Heinously, we
realize you lie.
Enclosed find a
warrant for your arrest from the Presidential Task Force To Stop Elder Abuse.
See You In The Mail,
Smile-A-While Credit Team
Dear Smiling And/Or Nookie Loan Sharks, Inc.
Now, see here.
Attached for your convenience are more than 30 credit references from powerful institutions
who find us gods.As you can see,
our entire family is comprised of Executive Gold Card Elitists.
Our Gold Card
institutions will not take kindly to your abuse.
We demand you
apologize for your libelous insults, or suffer the Gold Card Wrath.
You shock us,
The Family Midas
Dear Consumer X,
We are sorry to inform
you we must rescind your Gold Card Privileges.We are unable at this time to include in our elite circle
fugitives from justice like yourselves.
Had we understood you
are wanted by the Presidential Task Force To Stop Elder Abuse, we would have
mailed our cards to your neighbors.
We spit on you,
Your Ex-Gold Card Benefactors
I recommend that students with financial need avoid student
loans entirely and go on the Monthly Installment Plan offered at institutions
of highest tuition.Yourpaychecks or those of your parents will be electronically
tampered with on the first day of each month by Sven at a Sviss Bank.
If there is anything else I can do for you in the world of
high finance, send your questions to my new P.O. Box at MCI. (Not the bankrupt cell company. They folded
after extending me credit in ‘97.)
I’m at the Institution for Higher Learning a la Massachusetts Correctional,
where I learn many important new things, each day.
Nicholas And/Or Jacob And/Or Zachary And/Or Abigail