Friday, February 12, 2010

Thunder's Cost Justification Analysis

Delora thinks back to her salad days in New York City selling computers at IBM.  She remembers spending months of rigorous training at IBM school in Atlanta.  Besides dancing nightly at the Lime Light, she remembers learning everything she could about computer components, accounting and how to cost justify just about ANYTHING!  Cost justification at IBM, of course, was all about how to save people money doing things they could do faster (and cheaper) with computers.  Overtime, Delora has modified the meaning of cost justification.  Now she uses this skill to justify spending more money, when alot has already been spent.


With Thunder missing, there is an unspoken question in Delora's household.  The question is:  How much dinero will Delora and her husband spend to find their lost dog?  Delora ponders the variables. She acknowledges that if she had lost a TIMEX watch, with no emotional value, for example, it would be cheaper and easier to buy a new one for $79 than it would be to place an ad and hire a private detective.  Then Delora thinks about how much she would spend if she lost her nice Grandmother.  Then, there would be no stone unturned, no expense spared to find her, right?

Thunder's cost justification analysis falls somewhere in the middle...

It starts like this:
Puppy ($900)

Then you add this:


Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

8 years of medical care from Paul Newman's homeopathic Veteranarian - $$$

And this:



Playmate for Thunder

And this:

8 years of Organic food from Paul Newman's homeopathic Veterinarian -  $$$


And this:
Quarterly dental scrapings from the Homeopathic Veterinarian's
 dog whisperer from California who can clean teeth and improve dog breath without anesthesia.


And this:


Inevitable Dental work with general anesthesia to remove a few teeth - $$$

And this:

Dog Trainer to teach dogs how to sit after 3 months of weekly lessons - $$$


And this:
    Halloween costumes - 2006

    And these:





    Accessories


    And this:



    Sportswear to commemorate World Series Win (t-shirts, home and away colors, scarves, etc.) -

    And one of these: 
    Flight to Spain - $


    With these sunken costs, Delora believes she can properly cost justify one more ad in the paper!

    7 comments:

    Mental P Mama said...

    At least one more. I am still sick over this.

    Gilman said...

    Whatever it takes to get our boy back!
    Cost justification???

    Anonymous said...

    I can think of several things you've bought for the dogs that haven't been included here. $ -M

    Anonymous said...

    I can think of several things you've bought for the dogs that haven't been included here. $ -M

    wingheck said...

    Our dog Bruizer is volunteering to go to the finca and send Thunder home. Seriously, I do think Thunder is living happily - or somewhat happily - with another family. Everyone in Europe loves dogs and if Thunder was at the M..... you would know! However, a tough experience for everyone. Keep smiling! Jill

    R said...

    my dear sweet Debbie. If one were to interpret additional items after purchase of DOG (okay lovely dog)

    a brief aside isn't it interesting that dog is God spelled backwards

    Back to topic

    think of missing dog as an expense as opposed to adding value it is to be subjected but seen to cost less if not a negative amount ergo missing dog is loss of moneyPerry that is why I'm not an accountant. heart trumps wallet
    just adding confusion
    R

    Brittanyjuou said...

    Our dog Bruizer is volunteering to go to the finca and send Thunder home. Seriously, I do think Thunder is living happily - or somewhat happily - with another family. Everyone in Europe loves dogs and if Thunder was at the M..... you would know! However, a tough experience for everyone. Keep smiling! Jill