Taking Care of Business

Out-of-the-box-thinking or just realizing that there are three sides to a coin keeps humor an option in a serious world

In spite of many friendly tips Jimmy Hoffa is still not found

I have been fascinated by the new Thursday night CBS TV series “Person of Interest”,  not only because the show appeals to my particular sense of justice, but even more because it confirms my belief that although Orwell’s “1984” purgatory has become a fact in our society with hundreds of thousands of cameras watching our every day movements, the result is so much collected information, that it becomes humanly impossible to analyze it all into a comprehensive action pattern. Yes, governments as in military, law enforcement, insurance companies, banks and large retailers, combined probably know everything there is to know about each of us, but the amount of information to be processed efficiently into an actionable profile, is so enormous, that we really do not need to worry about our privacy…. yet; even though the exponential increase of computational power will one day make it possible to instantly react. But it will take interactive generations of computers to finetune the results into actionable agendas for humans. Until then we may be able to manipulate the system like this young men in New Jersey:

Taking Care of Business

An old Italian gentleman lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here, my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
Love, Papa

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Papa,
Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.
Love, Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Papa,
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love you,

There are always two sides to an opportunity!

By the way the essence of this legend is more than a couple of thousand years old and over the centuries has come back in many different forms and in many different cultures.


  1. Philip Edgar Beigbeder

    innovative move!

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