Brain Drain

“Honey, listen to this: ‘Greetings software user download hottest software titles at stupendous prices.’ I mean, look at these prices. They’re too good to be true,” said Landon. As usual, he was surfing the web as they watched the six o’ clock news.

“They probably are,” said Cadence. She was sitting beside him on the couch, teaching herself how to knit.

“I’m not so sure. Things are so rough some stores are practically giving stuff away.”

“Well sure. Nobody has money to spend anyway. You wear large, right?”

“Uh, yeah.”

Cadence checked her pattern sheet. “Okay, that means fourteen more,” she said to herself.

“What’re you doing?”

“I’m knitting you a sweater.”



“Oh. Ooo, look at the cost of HD TV’s. Wonder what the news’d look like in HD?”

“Cold,” said Cadence.

“What’ya mean?”

“We’d be enjoying it outside. We certainly couldn’t afford that and a house.”

“But I’d have a handmade sweater to keep me warm,” said Landon.

“Flattery will get you everywhere,” said Cadence with a wink. “Besides, for the price of that TV would could probably buy a house in Nevada.”


“Probably not far off,” said Cadence.

“We should do that instead. But we’d have to sell our house here.”

“And what would we do there? No jobs. That’s why their houses are so cheap.”

“We could sell handmade sweaters.”

“‘Cause there’s a real demand for sweaters in Nevada,” said Cadence.

“We could start an on-line business.”

“Landon, no.”

“It was just a thought,” said Landon. He went back to surfing. The sound of clicking knitting needles was oddly comforting.

“I wonder where people from Nevada are moving,” said Landon.

“Probably to where the jobs are.”

“Where’s that?”

“Maybe they’re leaving the country. There’ve got to be jobs somewhere.”

“Leave America? I doubt it.”

“Stay in America and starve or move to Argentina and eat. The only reason people immigrated here in the first place was because it was a land of opportunity. Everything’s changed,” said Cadence.

“That’s depressing,” said Landon.

“Don’t worry, honey. Our government jobs are secure.”

“Does that mean we can get the HD TV?”

“Yeah, but only the 52 inch.”


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2 Responses to Brain Drain

  1. Janet says:

    I am really starting to look forward to my daily dose of humor, wit and well, really good stories. Thank-you again.

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