Probably looked better on paper

this probably looked better on paper

this probably looked better on paper

Um, ye-ah.

“Well, really, you see the thing is, Sir… we’ve had a down-turn in our last quarter.” 

“A down-turn?”

“Yeah, and, um, well finances have dried up, Sir, for the most part.”

“For the most part?”

“Yes, that’s what I said, for the most part. So, you see, we’ve had to put construction on temporary hold. We’ll refinance our debt, secure new lines of credit, and be back on track next month.”

“Really?”

“Well, actually, no. We’ve flat run out of money from betting the farm on copper prices. Those have tanked. So now I suggest we liquidate assets and get the heck outta dodge. The market for Zambian high-rise office space just fell of a cliff, and it’d be best if we weren’t the last ones to leave the party, if you catch my drift… Sir.”

“Um, ye-ah.”

“Ye-ah, Sir. This whole thing probably looked better on paper, huh?”

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2 Responses to “Probably looked better on paper”


  1. 1 tony November 9, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I could not help but always ask whatever happened to that building. I wonder what lives in it now…

  2. 2 rob January 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Its used to be a fancy happening building with a night club on top, about 15 years ago. Then it caught fire, they made a rule no night clubs, then it caught fire again; that’s pretty much where the story ends, 14 years ago.


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