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It’s going to be a crazy week with board meetings, audit committees etc, so I’m going to do some quick posts with my video interview series with FINCA clients around the world. Check out this amazing lady, Priche, who runs a bakery in Dar Es Salaam. “>

When in Doubt, Eat

I had a colleague/friend/adversary (in that order) when I was back in the labor movement who was very good at solving problems for me. So good, in fact, that when I didn’t have any problems he would create one and then offer to solve it for me.

The Tea Party operates much along the same lines. We didn’t have a problem with raising the debt limit until they turned it into a massive crisis, diverting the nation from the real problem, the deficit. But now they have “solved” it for us, forcing the President and the (sane part of) the Congress to finally get their act together and get it done.

My theory on the climate was correct: no sooner did the Hot Air around the Capitol Dome begin to dissipate, than the merciless heat wave that has held us hostage for four long weeks has begun to slacken. Speaking of hostages. Apparently, deprived of the ability to create another crisis around the debt ceiling until after the election (Obama’s sole ‘victory’), the Tea Party has announced that, failing the ability of the bipartisan committee to come up with further budget cuts, they will take Sasha and Malia hostage until Obama gives the OK to the Dems to cave again. Asked how he would respond to such an action, Obama said he would not have the Tea Party arrested as it was ‘not my style’.

Oh, well. Let’s return to our lives, the things we do control. Our ‘leaders’, flush with the success of their Grand Compromise (which everyone from Wall Street to Beijing is hailing as a total flop as a solution to the deficit) have already promised not to move one inch from their entrenched positions: No Taxes for the Republicans, No Cuts to Entitlements for the Democrats.

Forgive me if I don’t watch this time.

So the intro to the “Segunda Parte” of Don Quixote can only be described as surreal. Miguel resorts to a device which today would be unthinkable: he has his main characters confront a supposed “scholar” who relates to DQ and Sancho all the mistakes in the “Primera Parte” (like Sancho riding off on a mule in one chapter and reappearing on a horse in the next, not to mention him being left in the company of 100 “escudos” (gold coins) in one chapter and then no further mention being made of them — come on! The guy was broke!) and then gives them the opportunity to explain them away (which they do, with the credulity of Admiral Poindexter at the Iran Contra Hearings “Uh, I don’t recall…”) — but then comes the really amazing part: Sancho asks the scholar if there is going to be a sequel to the Primera Parte, and is told that “Well, some are saying that DQ should stop here, quit while he’s ahead, in other words, while others are clamoring for more of the same.”

Wow. So that’s where Hollywood came from.

But, to contradict my wife, Sweet Lorraine, let’s ask the question: What about me? Given that “The Handbook” is already flying off the shelves (Barnes and Nobles has been unable to keep it in stock in Bethesda, Arlington and Georgetown, at least), should I be thinking, already, about “Son of The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook”?

This, of course, carries some risk. Son of “The Blob” — well, who would have believed that a ball of jello could reproduce. Maybe asexually. Rocky II through XXXXIV, we know about that one.

Truth is, I long to return to fiction. Oh, please, as Papa said, let me “invent rather than describe.”

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