December 28th, 2008

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Curiouser and curiouser...

Here's an example of How The Other One Percent Or So Live, from page 25 of the January 12, 2009 issue of Forbes, that I find almost impossible to believe. It's about Alan and Dale Klapmeier of Cirrus Design, who are developing a single-engine jet that seats seven, and who were having a bit of trouble raising the venture capital they needed. It says:

"But the Klapmeiers refused to let their jet dreams die. ... So the Klapmeiers asked their customers to do the unthinkable: write a no-guarantee down-payment check for $100,000 on a jet that won't enter the market until 2010 and whose final price, currently $1.2 million, could easily go 30% higher. Already, 546 customers have sent in their $100,000 checks. Bingo: $54.6 million in zero-interest development capital."

See there? Nothing to it! All you have to do is ask!

I would have thought that that paragraph would have had to begin with "Once upon a time" and end with "And they lived happily ever after"...


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ozarque figure

Quick tech-question...

When I try to access my user profile now, all I get is a cryptic doodad from the LJ design people asking me to go to their page and provide my feedback -- and nothing at that page tells me where my user profile has been moved to, or how to get to it, or even if it still exists. I've read a batch of the comments, but they don't tell me anything; apparently everybody else is still able to see their profile. I've tried everything I can think of, and clicked on everything that has a link with it, and I'm getting nowhere. There doesn't seem to be anything in the FAQ that explains any of this. I'd be grateful for help.