Friday, June 13, 2008

Yes, I Said That

The other night, I wanted to make my husband laugh, so I decided I would tell him a funny story.

"Honey," I said, "I have a confession to make."

"Oh? What's that?"

"Well, you know who Warren Buffett is, right? CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, one of the richest men in the country?"

"Uh, yeah?"

"Well, I have to confess that for a very long time, until very recently, I didn't know that he and Jimmy Buffett were two different people. I thought they were the same person."

**speechless hubby bursts into laughter**

"Yeah, I couldn't figure out why that stupid song would have gotten him to be the second richest man in America. I hate that freaking song, but everyone in college loved it."

**he's still laughing**

"Sadly, it was only very recently, like within the past few months, that I read a US News article on Berkshire Hathaway that I realized my mistake. I guess I'd just heard 'Buffett' and never really looked farther than that."

At this point, my easily amused husband is nearly crying with laughter as I sung snatches of "Margaritaville" to him. He has since relayed this story to many of his friends.

Well, apparently Warren Buffett heard about this.

Yesterday in the mail, I received an envelope (addressed to me) that said "Exclusive financial advice from Mr. Warren Buffett." The return address was from a local furniture store. Inside was a card, advising me that "Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway" says "There's never been a better time to buy furniture" (I found a copy online--look, there's even a video message). In tiny print, it reveals that BH is the parent company of this furniture chain (they're not even near us, I'm not sure why they sent us a flyer). On the back, there's a "$100 dividend check" (good for purchases of $499 or more in tiny print), and a registration form to win "one 'B' share of Berkshire Hathaway stock valued at over $4000".

So apparently, the "Oracle of Omaha" has spoken directly to me. He said I need to go buy furniture I don't need with "no down payment and no finance charges til 2010" and if I provide him with my name and email address, I might just win 1 share of his stock. In other words, he's going to remain the second richest man in America so long as people take his advice and go buy furniture (in a time of rising gas and food prices).

I guess I should apologize. I didn't mean it, Mr. B! I would never hold you responsible for that stupid song! It was all a misunderstanding! There's no need to insult my intelligence with a really bad furniture offer! I promise, I'm smarter than that now! Or at least, until I go to my friend's wedding tonight, where I might just be "wasting away again in Margaritaville." Woo!

1 comment:

Midwife with a Knife said...

Truth be told? I had the same Buffet problem for a long time. ;)