Here is my definition of a plan A entertainment to start with: George Carlin and Robin Williams, Kurt Vonnegut and John Belushi, Rodney Dangerfield. A pattern here is that they’re not around anymore. Even Charlie Sheen is nowhere to be found these days!
Instead, in this mid-term election week in the US, I found this piece of news that goes into the “Oh Christ, please not that!” category:
“Georgia election worker Mitchell Hamlin reportedly assured a black man on Tuesday that the ballot scanner was supposed to sound like a shredder.”
That’s plan B for me, but funny still.
At a rally in Indiana just before the vote, president Trump was reminded by reporters, that if Democrats take control of the House (which they did), legislators will be empowered to do things like pursue his personal tax returns. “I don’t care,” he responded, “They can do whatever they want, and I can do whatever I want.” He actually has a point, as the majority of the real power lies in the Senate, not in the House.
Given the results of the mid-term election, the one thing that is guaranteed is that there will be zero cooperation, and everything will become even more obstructive now. The races are so razer-thin showing clearly that the nation is deeply divided
Comparing political development to markets activity, the Trump phenomenon is a counter-trend, a false move. It will by no means change the trend of endless government borrowing fueled by reckless money creation by the Federal Reserve. The “best economy ever” Donald just makes it faster, more colorful too. For me he is the Ron White of politics.
Tax cuts, entitlements and Pentagon’s spend-a-ton will force the government to borrow like never before. The Treasury Department estimates that it will issue some $1.338 trillion in debt this year—more than twice the amount as last year. Did you know that the government could soon pay more in interest than on defense? And this in the environment of rising interest rates.
From plan B entertainment to plan B career path - I read this fascinating interview with a veteran actor about life choices. He was right in saying that if you get rejected for a job there are usually factors that are not personal. The company may be pursuing different strategy; internal candidates are given the priority and so on. But if you get rejected after an actor audition it’s all about you. That’s much harder to take.
So, he said, that if you have a plan B in life, definitely pursue the plan B. Chances are it will work out better. But there is actually more to it. Your plan A and the way you make a living is typically determined by what’s expected of you and by your needs to survive. And so you go with it year after year as most of us do. But you do have a plan B deep in your mind, something you really hope to do one day before your time is out. Chances are it will work out better, because that’s where your heart is. Can’t fool it.
So I looked up walking in town the other day – it was still cloudy with bits of November sun and I thought about my red and black motorcycle parked underneath my apartment. Every morning going to work I am facing the dilemma on getting on the Bimmer instead and driving far south. Then hole up in a nice hotel with a sea view and write another book. Which simply means that it will happen one day.
On a more upbeat note, my current horoscope says this: “It’s not the hammer of life that’s going to beat you down this week, but the hammer of Gene Dubrowski, a local roofer.”
Now I have a really good reason to look up.
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler