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Person: I'd like to borrow some daylight, please.
Banker: Splendid. How much did you have in mind?
Person: Six months?
Banker: I'm sorry, we don't provide daylight loans over - or under - one hour in duration.
Person: So what?
Banker: So, how much daylight would you like to borrow?
Person: Geez - an hour? I'd like to borrow one hour of daylight, please.
Banker: Excellent. And how do you intend to secure this loan?
Person: If you're asking for collateral, I have... I don't know - my soul, I guess. But you're not the devil, so never mind.
Banker: Well, you're right about that. I'm certainly not the devil. However, I do have bosses, and in lieu of collateral, we will require at least a business model.
Person: For daylight?
Person: For an hour of daylight?
Person: An hour of daylight that I am only borrowing - that I will have to pay back?
Banker: Precisely. What will you do with this hour?
Person: I want to have a picnic--
Banker: Let me just stop you right there. We don't give loans for picnics.
Person: I... I need it.
Banker: Listen- I'm really busy, here...
Person: I just need to survive the winter, okay? This hour of daylight will help me do that. If I'm paying it back, what difference does it make what I do with it?
Banker: Young lady, this is a business. If you don't have viable business plan, and you don't have a ready means to repay the loan, I'm going to have to ask you to leave.
Person: Okay, okay. I just want another hour with my family. I don't know how I'll pay it back, exactly, but I know I'll figure it out. I'm not here for a handout. I'll find a way to repay it.
Banker: I'm listening.
Person: We were in that accident on the interstate - the drunk driver going the wrong way - it was all over the news.
Banker: I heard about that. You're the lone survivor, then?
Person: Yes. And if your bosses could just lend me this one hour, I swear I will find a way to repay it. I'll work two hours in a soup kitchen. I'll pick up trash by the highway. I'll help out at the animal shelter - or the hospital, or hospice, or whatever. I just want to say goodbye. It happened so fast...
Banker: I sympathize, but I don't think we can help you.
Person: Just name your terms, sir. I'll find a way. I'll do whatever you say. It means that much to me to just be with them for another sunny sixty minutes. I'll repay double - I don't care. I'll give you a two-hour--
Banker: Excuse me! We don't just give away hours of daylight, here. Tell you what - come back next spring, and we'll talk. Good day.
Banker: I said good day!