Books and Covers

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PHOTO PROMPT © Priorhouse

I flopped down in the almost empty lobby and sipped the complementary coffee.  It was awful.  I should have known, at a place like this.

An old lady wearing her weight in diamonds and walking two poodles looked down her nose at me.  I’m sure she was outraged by my jeans and t-shirt.  I gave her the finger.  She turned away, obviously horror-stricken.

The concierge came over.

“Sir….”  He seemed pained to use the word.

“There he is.”  Musk pointed at me.  Bezos  grinned.

“Elon!  Jeff!  Let’s talk rockets,” I said.  “Right after I sell this piece of junk hotel.”

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Word count = 100

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68 thoughts on “Books and Covers

  1. 4963andypop

    The future belongs to the ones with the best ideas. Sometimes they act like jerks but youve got to give them credit for bravery. Loved the car on the rocket too, with the miniature car on the dashboard! As for casual vs formal, im happy not to have to wear panty hose and heels anymore!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The ones with the best ideas don’t always win, but at least they are usually in the running. Yes, I often forget how much more uncomfortable women’s formal attire is than men’s!

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  2. Ocean Bream

    Hah! This made me smirk. Nothing like giving people what for. Also – never judge a book by its cover! Also, the entrepreneurs of today definitely have a different face than that of entrepreneurs 30 years ago!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! The face of the entrepreneur sure has changed. Of course, there was Steve Jobs in his mock-turtleneck and jeans (no class – real turtlenecks are the way to go, not silly “mocks” ;) ). But he wasn’t as nasty or temperamental as Elon Musk can be.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That’s true. Elon Musk is probably the world’s biggest jerk and the “hero” of this story doesn’t seem much better, perhaps being the world’s second biggest jerk. But then, I think we have all been on the receiving end of one of the rich lady’s wrathful looks, the ones that say they think we are less than excrement and that the world would be better off without our kind (i.e., not millionaires or billionaires). So if flipping off that lady showed his bad attitude towards those stuck on themselves, I think her attitude is even worse.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, those tech-billionaires don’t care too much about the tradition of the well dressed businessperson. My fashion sense come more from Steve Jobs (I wear a turtleneck almost every day for six months of the year).

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  3. cordeliasmom2012

    My brother, who was making very good money, once told me a story of walking into a car dealership in ratty jeans and worn shirt and being treated with distain by most of the salespeople. The one salesperson who treated him with respect got the sale – that day, in cash. My brother drove off the lot immediately in his brand new car. I always chuckle when I think of that story.

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  4. Prior...

    LOVE this humor (laughed at the finger, could feel the setting even more with the strain to use of the word sir, and then well done with the overdone lady – the diamond image – gag!)

    You cleverly described a social aspect in our current culture.
    We live in a day and age where clothes are not a defining point – well they “can” be – and I recall last year seeing Jennifer Lopez wearing so much gold and glitter it was over the top –
    but for the most part today – we have the hoody-wearing billionaire and then the millionaire comfy in his jeans because that is what they want to wear

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Y. I was originally going to have the guy waiting for “Jagger and McCartney”, but figured the clothing and behavior would fit a rock star, but being a tech billion, it makes that point about style in bolder letters.

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  5. granonine

    I had to look up Elon Musk. Knew I should know the name, and I was right. Brain freeze, I guess. anyway, I hope your MC manages to get along with him. Elon doesn’t have a lily-white reputation in playing with others nicely.

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  6. Dale

    Excellent title, Trent! And a clear-cut case of judging a book by its cover, eh? One must never. Especially in today’s society where there seems to be a pride of place to dress like a bum because… why not?

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    1. Prior...

      well said, Dale, but sometimes dressing down is not dressing like a bum = it is a matter of being comfortable – ya know? And maybe even preference and no frills – and does every business meeting need a crisp white shirt?

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      1. Dale

        Of course not… though sometimes, I swear it seems like an effort is made to bring it to the lowest acceptable level… what is acceptable? Well, that is a matter of interpretation.
        No, not everyone but man.. I so do appreciate one who makes an effort ;-)

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        1. Prior...

          I soooo agree
          and saw more pajamas the other day –
          so trust me I get it.
          and I also like effort and when Tom Brady did not wear a tie to the 50th superbowl event – I was shocked and so disappointed because he is so cool – and it was so disrespectful – and that same year – even Coach Bill threw on a suit – with tie- and it was classy and respectful.

          and so when folks make an effort – it is thinking of others – isn’t it.
          so we are on the same page

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          1. Dale

            Ugh… I can’t stand that. Going out in PJs.
            Going to the ballet, a show or play in a nice theatre – make an effort, already! Very disappointing. However, I take the Carrie Bradshaw approach – Always overdress rather than under. You’ll look more the fool under in a fancy place than over in a less fancy place…
            And I, personally, like to make an effort.

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                1. trentpmcd Post author

                  Not a problem. I am pretty casual, but, unless I am mowing the lawn or something, my “casual” on a normal day is a turtleneck and slacks when it’s cool, add a wool sweater when cold, or a nice silk shirt when warm. Not Tshirts except running or working. That being said, I rarely dress up any more. I kind of enjoy it. I used to go to the symphony a couple of times a months and always wore a tie and usually a jacket. Even though most didn’t, it seemed appropriate.

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    2. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. If you are tech billionaire, you can dress how you want… My original thought was that he was going to meet “Jagger and McCartney”, but I thought tech billionaires was more “over the top”.

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