"Tell me attorney, how do you make money?" and my imagined conversation over tall bottles of wine with the finance guy takes off to a trembling start.
I replied, "I don't make money. Money is a by-product of what I do. I sit in my office, and somebody calls me for help. Sometimes I'm required to attend a hearing, draft a contract, or simply answer a question. And the money comes. Sometimes it doesn't, but I don't usually mind. God has made sure that I get a balance of those calls from the payers and the non-payers. So if you're wondering how I make money, I don't. It comes. How about you Mr. Finance Guy, how do you make money?"
And he proudly declared, "I make money on money."
I gave him the blank look, as if to ask what he meant.
He said, "People come to me because they need money. I lend them my money but they have to get back to me with my money and some more money. You want to build a house attorney? I will lend you the money to build it. But you have to come back and pay me principal plus interest, or your house is mine, so I can sell it and get back my money plus interest. Get my drift?"
I nodded. He then added, "Some people come to me, because they are starting a business, and they need money to put it up. I give them my money. But they have to promise me that they're going to make profits by running it well. If they don't, I give them hell. But usually they do. So, I don'r just get interests but dividends, sometimes I get more.I make money on money. Get it?"
"I don't like you," was all I could say.
"Does it matter ?" he asked.
"Of course not. You're the guy who pays," and we each downed another glass of wine.