# 396 Dealing in the black market Was that your friend Mitch? Yeah, he and I had lunch today to talk about some business opportunities. What line of work is he in? Well, I guess you could say he’s in the import/export business. Hmm…Why are you being so shifty? Isn’t his business on the up and up? He doesn’t deal in the black market, does he? Let’s just say that he takes full advantage of a free market and there’s nothing wrong with the gray market. You’re not telling me he deals in stolen goods, are you? No, no, nothing like that. Don’t be so naive. There is an entire underground economy in this country, which serves an important purpose. It gets people what they want. Is he a smuggler? Does he deal in counterfeit or pirated goods? Is that it? I’m not saying another word. You did say that you were having lunch to talk about business opportunities. You’re not thinking of going into business with him, are you? It was just talk. Nothing is set in stone – yet.
#397 Being a divorced parent How are you adjusting to being a single parent? It hasn’t been easy, but Paul and I are trying to be as civil as possible. We worked out joint custody so that Mina will get quality time with both of us. Still, it’s been an adjustment for her. I’m sure, and for you and Paul, too. Will you get to see Mina when she’s with her father? We each have visitation rights. Fortunately, Paul and I both want what’s best for Mina, so we’re working hard to make the right decisions. If you don’t mind my asking, how are you managing financially? Neither of us is paying alimony to the other so that was never an issue, but Paul will be paying child support since I’ll have Mina most of the year. Paul had no objections. He’s been amenable to anything that would be good for Mina. How has Mina been reacting to the whole thing? She has been acting out, which is to be expected. Paul’s parents and my mother have been very supportive, and we’re all trying to give her as much stability as possible. It sounds like you’re doing all you can. We’re trying our best, under the circumstances.
#398 Parts of acCity We’ve been here for three days and I’m still getting lost. Here’s a map. These are the residential neighborhoods. See? This is where we’re staying. I know, I know. But where were we today? The tour bus went down so many alleys that I lost my bearings after 10 minutes. I thought we were going in circles. Look, we drove through downtown first, past the financial district. Next, we drove past the housing projects to the historic district. I remember all that. Okay, then. From the historic district, we drove through uptown. Got that? Yeah, that’s where things get a little hazy. How did we get to the outskirts of town? One minute we were in uptown, and the next minute, we were at the city limits. We took one of the back roads along here. See? Now do you understand the lay of the land? Yup, definitely. Ask me anything. I know this city like the back of my hand. No, thanks. That’s like the blind leading the blind!