It’s the year 2035. “Choice Chips,” a blooom proprietary form of artificial, individual consciousness to help you make better personal financial decisions – particularly around 401k management – has yet to be invented….
Sadly, We Still Have Fossil Fuels and Paper Lottery Tickets
Joe stopped by the same gas station nearly every day over the last 30 years. It was 7:00 a.m. He was late for work and the attendant was just setting out the coffee for the morning rush. Joe filled his coffee and proceeded to the counter to pay for it.
“That’ll be $9, sweetie.”
Joe pawed through his wallet and yanked out a $20 bill. “Here you go.”
She looked at him, “You want to add the usual Powerball ticket.”
Joe, “You know I do. Today is my lucky day. Here are my numbers, 5, 2, 23, 45, 33 and 12.”
Behind him the door chimes rang and in stepped Linda.
Joe, “Hi Linda, how are you doing?”
“Good Joe! It’s freezing out. Playing the lottery again?”
Linda and Joe had worked for the same company for 30 years. Joe had seniority since he was hired 10 days earlier. They’d both gone to the same high school, but then headed to separate colleges. Four years later they found themselves working at the same company.
Joe, “Sure am. I’ve got to run. I’ve got a meeting in 30 minutes. Maybe I’ll see you later.”
Whose Lottery Numbers Are Better – Joe’s or Linda’s?
Later that night, as Joe sat in front of the TV watching the evening news the Powerball numbers were announced. “And tonight’s winning numbers are 5, 18, 23, 25, 4 and 50.” Somberly Joe thought to himself, “Two out of 6. ‘Well, one of these days I’ll hit the lottery.’”
At that very same moment, in a modest house across town Linda was opening the mail. There were the usual bills and junk mail. But the first thing she opened was her 401k statement.