It is 3Q 2030.
You're arguing with your wife again. It
seems she's missed her spending quota again this quarter. A proud
patriot, you have no problem spending 85% and sometimes 90% of
your income on consumer goods, yet she can't manage to spend even
close to the 75% required by law. It's that foreign mentality, you
suppose--that's what happens when you are educated overseas and
without the benefit of a corporate sponsor. You have to remind her
that if the Internal Consumer's Service (ICS) catches her, she'll
be doing time in Philip Morris(TM) Prison like her uncle.
well, hopefully a night at the town's
AOL-Time-Warner-Clear-Channel-Blockbuster(TM) Authorized Media
Distribution Center will smooth things over with her. That reminds
you--you need to have your eye- and ear-implants inspected for
this quarter again, otherwise you won't even be allowed in
You haven't attended church services for a while.
Although your wife is a devout follower of God's Customers(TM) and
shops in the Church Store at LEAST five tiems a quarter, you're
not yet convinced that converting from Consumers For Jesus(TM) was
that sound an investment.
Your son Rick has just graduated
from the local McDonalds(TM) High School. You want him to go to
Pepsi(TM) University like his sister, but he wants to go to
Coke(TM) College. Not that it matters--the permits you get at
either school are the same. Although he really wanted to attend
Stanford(TM), his corporate sponsors rejected that proposal, based
on what it might do to his credit rating.
daughter just graduated Pepsi(TM) U. It was expensive, but she is
all set now, having received a Creative Thought Permit and a
Entrepreneurship License. On top of that she's accepted a job at
Fortune 10 corporation. Of course almost everyone works for a
Fortune 10 nowadays, there being only thirty-some corporations
left. It's too bad she had to sign all those NDA's though--you'd
really like to be allowed to know where she would be living and
how to get in touch with her. Ahh well, it's the price you pay for
our corporate security.
Your older daughter, after twenty
quarters of employment, was finally permitted to tell you that she
is working in middle-management at AT&T. Of course, every job
in the United Corporations of America is middle-management. The
cheaper--skilled--labor is all outsourced to Those Other
Countries, whatever they are called. In ten more quarters,
assuming her credit rating remains good and she has attained
Shareholder status, she'll be allowed to talk face-to-face (no
encrypted channel) with us again!
Apparently, her five year
old daughter has been grounded again, this time for racking up a
$6000 fine--singing "Happy Birthday(TM)" at a party
without a Media Distribution License. She really needs to be
taught a lesson--that as a patriotic Consumer of the UCA, she
needs to respect the rights of Shareholders and property owners.
What a dangerous thoughts she has! She thinks she should be
allowed to say whatever she pleases, no matter what it does to
someone else's portfolio! No one can get it through to her that
terrorist ideas like that will land her in one of those "special"
schools--and she'd be subjected to a lower quarterly limit on all
her credit cards.
Fax from your wife--she'll be late
tonight. Corporate HQ has re-instated fourteen-hour work days
until the end of this quarter. It's too bad she's not allowed to
quit her job--you could get her a pretty sweet management position
any time in your department at Microsoft.