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I didn’t intend to bring doughnuts for my co-workers yesterday morning. It just sorta happened. How it happened and how it played out is a window into my weird mind.
First, an explanation: I have a card purchased from Boy The Younger that entitles me to a dozen free Krispy Kremes if I buy a dozen. The card has 10 such coupons attached to it. Though I could most definitely put away 240 Krispy Kremes on my own, as I wrote recently, if I’m not in a good place, the best thing for me to do is to do things for others.
The Krispy Kreme shop is not on my primary route to work. But I never head down that primary route without first checking the traffic on Google Maps. That habit has saved me from being caught in hours-long backups. Yesterday morning, it saved me from driving smack-dab into a 15-minute delay caused by what I’m sure is a typical Missourah Moron driver.
The Krispy Kreme shop most definitely is on my backup route to work. Well, Backup Route #1, anyway. I’ve got about five, which comes in handy in this state. That said, I still wasn’t thinking “Krispy Kreme” when I started my drive.
As I said, I’ve been in the Struggle Zone for much of the week, which, while not necessarily good for me, is quite good for people in my orbit. I tend to do things for others in an attempt to lift my sad-ass spirit from being so sad-ass. This week, I’ve left anonymous coffee gift cards around the office, gave bags of supplies for homeless people and brought flowers home for Wifey Poo. So about five miles short of the Krispy Kreme exit (my name for it, not the official name of the exit), I thought about the coupon card in my wallet.
But was the coupon card really in my wallet? No time better than when you’re traveling down the highway at 70 mph to check, right? The first search of the cavernous wasteland that is my wallet produced many interesting finds, including a membership card to a laser tag facility I haven’t been to in more than a year, a membership card to a shooting range I haven’t been to in at least three years and a receipt from my work trip to Florida last month, but no Krispy Kreme card.
“Oh well,” thought I. “It must be on my desk at home.”
On I drive.
“Wait. There’s no way that card’s at home. It has to be in my wallet,” thought I.
That sparked a more thorough search of my wallet, again, at 70 mph. There, tucked behind a long-forgotten Chick-fil-a free-fries gift card, I found what I was looking for. Bingo! We’re headed to Krispy Kreme!
Except what does that coupon actually say? If you’re thinking that it’s got to be small print on each coupon attached to this credit-card sized card, you’re right. My eyes are 48 years old. Without contacts, I can’t tell whether a person standing five feet in front of me is a human being or a lamp post. With contacts, it’s better, but lately, my vision of tiny print in dim lighting is starting to fade a bit. Fuck you, aging.
Not content with risking my life and the lives of innocent others trying to find the card, I now use my phone’s magnifying glass to attempt to enlarge the tiny print so I can be assured of what the coupon says. This, it seems, is a skill beyond my capacity, so I’m left thinking, “Well, hell, whatever the coupon says, that’s what I’ll do. I’ll just read the coupon when I get in line at Krispy Kreme.”
Except there is no line at Krispy Kreme, which seems to be to be a sign of Muricah’s decline. There was a time when the Krispy Kreme at 7:25 a.m. on a Thursday would have been around the building. But on this particular Thursday, there’s no one in line, and the drive-thru attendant is apparently very eager to talk with me.
“Welcome to Krispy Kreme. What can I get for you?” she says the millisecond after I stop at the menu with a speaker in it. Side note: I was telling Boy The Elder the other day that when I was really young, there were no drive-thrus. It blew his freaking mind.
“Um, I have a coupon for a dozen free glazed doughnuts if I buy a dozen glazed doughnuts. So that’s what I’d like to do.” I said.
“So how many doughnuts do you want?”
“I have a coupon for a dozen free glazed doughnuts if I buy a dozen glazed doughnuts. So that’s what I’d like to do,” I repeated.
“So you want two dozen glazed doughnuts?”
“That’s 24 glazed doughnuts?”
At this point, I’m wondering if I’m being pranked, if the woman talking to me through the squawky speaker is having a brain incident, if she’s astounded by the thought that I want these doughnuts just for myself or if the definition of a dozen somehow became ambiguous overnight.
“Yes, 24 glazed doughnuts.”
Shockingly, when I hand over my torn-out coupon and my credit card, she hands me back 24 glazed doughnuts and wishes me a good day. I do the same for her, minus the doughnuts.
“Oh crap. My gas tank is a quarter full,” I recognize as I pull away. This, in the past, wouldn’t have been a problem. I am a professional at driving a car until there is literally one drop of gas left. But that was causing me undue stress, so about a year ago, I made a pact with myself to start thinking about getting gas when the tank hit half full (or is it half empty?). That means I usually get gas before the gas light comes on.
The Krispy Kreme shop is right next to some gas stations, and not only that, but right next to gas stations selling gas (duh) for about 20 cents a gallon cheaper than the one closest to my humble country abode. So I stop. I get gas. I pee (a cup of coffee and jug of water have already entered my system at this point in the day). And then I head to work.
Typically, I arrive at work between 7:30 and 7:45. No one checks up on me when I get to work. No one has ever said anything if I arrive at 8 or 7 or 8:15 or 9:30. There is a general awareness that, whatever time I arrive, I’m going to get my shit done and done well, so no one really is watching the clock for me.
But on this day, there’s this thought in the back of my mind that someone is going to be pissy with me because, according to Google Maps, I’m not supposed to arrive until 8:10. As I said, no one has ever been pissy with me for arriving at 8:10. No one has ever been pissy with anyone for arriving whenever they arrive, to the best of my knowledge. But in my mind, someone’s going to say something.
So I prepare a response: “Hey! I stopped to get the team doughnuts!” I say indignantly in my mind to the person who’s going to give me crap for being “late,” a person, I remind you, who doesn’t exist.
I arrive at work. There’s no one in the parking lot waiting to reprimand me, let alone a person in the parking lot with all the crap from my office boxed up and topped with a pink slip. So I calmly walk into the office — still on guard to give my retort should someone say something.
No one does.
Of course, I can’t just put the doughnuts out and let people find them. I type an email. “People of The Upstairs. I was driven off the road by an angry South Pole elf while I was driving to work today. When we stopped, he got out and told me that if I didn’t stop and get my colleagues doughnuts, I’d end up on Santa’s naughty list. Not only that, but the elf told me Santa would kidnap my dog. Thus, there are hot, fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the table by the stairs.”
Anyway, people seemed to enjoy them. And that made me happy.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in saying that there’s a direct-proportion relationship between the amount of work that gets done at the workplace and the number of days left until the holiday season, by which I mean the Muricahn Christian holiday season. This isn’t to suggest I’m goofing off at work. I’m not. But if they are going to continue to pipe Christmas music through the office speakers and I’m forced to listen to freaking Mariah Carey hit those damn high notes over and over and over again, there has to be consequences.
Most workplaces recognize this. Mine does. They planned two weeks of events in the run-up to the new year. We’ve had a Christmas potluck lunch. We’ve had crazy sock day, which is pretty much every day for me. Yesterday was virtual Bingo day. Hell yes, I’m down for some virtual Bingo.
So were about 20 of my colleagues, apparently. We logged on at the appointed time and got ready for some hot Bingo action.
The first letter/number combo called was O-69. *Snicker.* But it’s a conservative workplace. Though I know at least half the people in the game are thinking exactly what I am thinking, no one says anything.
Things don’t start out to well for me. I don’t have any of the first four numbers called. But then I get on a roll. Suddenly, I have four X’s across the top and need just I-16 to win. Win what? I have no idea. Nothing has been said about any sort of prize. But still, my heart is pumping just a little bit faster. I have never won a game of Bingo in my life. I’m quite convinced I could be the only person in the game and somehow still would find a way to not win.
“I-16” the caller of the game types in the Teams chat.
“BINGO!” I type back.
My co-workers in the Upstairs give me shit. They’re still salty because I came out of the gate in the annual NFL pick-’em contest red hot and won four of the first five weeks. I currently have a three-game lead to win the overall title, and that a rookie is doing this is somewhat of an embarrassment to them, it seems. Or it’s just good-natured guy-ribbing, which I personally love. I can give it as well as I can take it and take it as well as I can give it.
We play two more games. I am one number away from winning each of those games, but it doesn’t happen. That’s OK. It feels good to have won Bingo once before I die.
When good ole’ Q.F. was a bitty boy growing up in the hills of Northern California, I wasn’t allowed to own toy guns. Hippy Mom, she of the butt-length wavy blond hair and constant wearer of culturally appropriated moccasins, thought this would infuse me with peace, love and happiness. Instead, it infused me with devious…Keep reading
The Pew Research Center earlier this week released an article entitled, “Striking Findings From 2022.” It’s a review of 15 of its surveys from the year that showed things that apparently they weren’t expecting. Several caught my attention, as well.
For example, Muricah is one of only four countries surveyed where a majority of respondents think social media a good thing for democracy. We, with 64% believing this fallacy, are at the top of the list, joined by the morons in the Netherlands, France and Australia. The 19-country median is 35%. Of those countries surveyed, Poland has its shit together the best. Only 15% believe such a stupid thing there.
What struck me the most from the article, however, was a poll that said that, at the pace we’re headed right now, less than half of the nation will be Christian by 2070. This is a precipitous fall. The chart shows things bouncing around relatively flat — somewhere between 85% and 90% Jesus believers — from 1972 through the 1990s. Then, the drop looks like a really angry log flume ride.
Currently, we’re at 64% of self-identifying Christians. The survey offers several projections based on the trend line. If no one else switched from “Yay Jesus!” to “Meh. There’s a God … maybe… or somethin’” by 2070, enough current Christians would have ascended into their private heaven to reduce the total to 54%. That’s hardily a realistic path to expect given the reality of the number of switchers right now.
The worst trend line from the perspective of megachurch pastors with large mortgages on their third and fourth mansions and many payments left on their yachts is the one that shows the number decrease to 35% in 2070. A more realistic estimate is probably somewhere between 39% and 46%.
But none of that should matter. Surely when Jesus said he was coming back “soon,” he meant before 2070, right?
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Considering a run on the Professional Bingo World Tour.
- Boy The Elder is home this weekend for in-law Christmas.
- I have nine doughnut coupons left.
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Cue the Outrage 🔫Animal Extinction 🐆Eye Update 👀 Even back in the day when I considered myself a Republican (before the dark times … before the Trumpire), I never quite understood the death penalty. Perhaps it was because I looked around at the other nations that still killed people as punishment…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hello Darkness, My Old Friend 👀COVID Costs 🦠Jackass Jones Verdict👩⚖️ I’ve spent much of this week so far in forced darkness. After I wrote on Monday morning, my right eye started to get blurry. Then it got real blurry. Then it became utterly useless. In this, I have reprised my role…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Awkward Shopping 🛏️Disingenuous Holiday 🗓️Help the Homeless 😔 If there’s a more awkward retail excursion than mattress shopping, I have yet to find it in my 48 years. Wifey Poo and I went to a high school gym to do exactly that on Sunday afternoon. The bed we’ve been sleeping in…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Playoff Disappointment ⚾Oh, Britney 📲Friendship Failure 😔 In the span of just more than 24 hours, I went from the excited expectation of being in Busch Stadium to watch the hometown St. Louis Cardinals eliminate the Philadelphia Phillies and advance to the next round of the playoffs to watching those Phillies…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Baseball Gear-Grinders ⚾Sunrise Woes 🌄Heavy Pumpkins 🎃 There are a few baseball-related indignities in my home that, as the saying goes, grind my gears. The first is that there is a state championship trophy on the mantel above the fireplace in our Humble Country Home with a gold-plated baseball player, bat…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Weird Wound Treatment 🧂Phillies Bring Doom ⚾Meetings Suck 👎🏽 Apparently, I’ll take medical advice from waitresses and allow myself to receive medical treatment from busboys. This, I learned last night. I have a tendency to get hurt in really interesting ways. When I tell you that I once got a concussion…Keep reading
Welcome to Issue No. 8 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to email@example.com. No. 5: I held an epic car concert If you were anywhere in the vicinity of my…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Football Picking God 🏈Fish Story 🐟Free Floating ☁️ A few months before Boy The Elder was born, I had about $100 set aside to buy Wifey Poo a gift that I intended to give her after she ushered our child into the world. It was the least I could do for,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩New Route Home 🏎️Confirmed Weirdness 🤪Here’s Your Sign 🤦 I took a new route home from the western part of Missourah yesterday after doing the whole open-house thing for work in St. Joseph. Rather than shoot down to I-70 and traverse the state on that familiar road, I went across Hwy.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Woo-Woo vs. The Beast 🛻Dart Throwers 🎯My Job 📋 I am not used to driving a tank. My normal vehicle is Woo-Woo, AKA The Shitty Little Car, AKA a Nissan Versa. It’s practical. It gets great gas mileage. I hate it. Woo-Woo normally accelerates as quickly as a child asked to…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Unwitting Guinea Pigs 🐹False Bragging 🦹♂️Put Me In, Coach 🚀 My regular readers (hey, you three!) know that I have a hatred for social media’s influence on society with an intensity rivaled only by the heat of a thousand suns. The latest bit of “Are you fucking kidding me?” comes from…Keep reading
Welcome to Issue No. 7 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. No. 5: I reached out to a friend I have not been shy about sharing that I’ve…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩More Stupid Human Stuff 📱KC Trip ⚾Miserable Missourah 😠 Quick: Take a look around you. If you’re in a room with five other people, one of them thinks you’re financially struggling if you don’t have the latest iPhone. That’s according to a new survey following the release of the iPhone 14.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Loser Species 👶Email Win 📧Dad Pride 👨👦👦 I’m pretty sure I’m not normal. Normal people respond to that statement with, “Oh, John, nobody’s normal,” which is just a sign for us non-normies that the person we’re talking to is normal. Yesterday, I was waiting for Wifey Poo to pick me up…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Concert Thoughts 🧠Marriage 💍Drunk Idiots 🧉 There’s this scene in the 2004 movie Garden State in which Sam (Natalie Portman) looks at Andrew (Zach Braff) and notices … … And yeah, that resonated with me then and resonates with me now. Ever since then, being “in it” has become a thing…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sadness 😥Beautiful Skies ⛅Two Terms For 2022 ✌️ Back in our early days at Pound Ridge Elementary School, Sarah was the fastest girl runner in the class, which bought her some serious playground cred. There were only a few of us boys who could hang with Sarah in the 50-meter dash…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Ear Flushing👂Grunge God🎶Tech Guy📺 If you have to have a doctor tell you a body part or yours is small, I suppose one of the least offensive would be the ear canal. That’s what a doctor told me this morning, after I finally broke down and actually went to said doctor’s…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Toys in the Hall🪅Idiot Governors🗳️Flopping FedEx✈️ Last night in my hotel in Springfield, Missourah, I set out a glass of milk and a plate of cookies before going to bed. It’s not that I don’t know how to read a calendar or have any particular belief in a fat man in…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Which One?🗺️Leave Introverts Alone🤫Oxford Commas🤪 I’m on the road for work this week, in Springfield. Ahhh, but Springfield what? There currently are 35 populated places in the United States named Springfield, spread out over 25 states, including five in Wisconsin. In addition, there are 35 Springfield Townships, and Ohio owns 11…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Surrounded 😷Wood Splitter 🌲Morons 🤪 I’ve had COVID. Twice. The first time fucked up my life for a year. I’m still not back to the me I was before it came into my home, and I’m pretty sure that now, nearly two years later, that’s not going to change. The second…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sunday audible🤒Fantasy Failure 🏈Anal Chess♟️ Sunday was supposed to be a romantic day spent in a canoe with Wifey Poo, the two of us paddling leisurely down the Meramec River. Mother Nature was not in the mood to play wingman and decided to pick the one day in the midst of…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Finish Line Scene 🏃♂️Baseball’s Better ⚾M-I-Z! Z-O-UC-H! 🏈 I have never understood the modern-day purpose of running for the sake of running. Sure, I understand it’s a great form of cardiovascular exercise and it’s a convenient way to get from Point A to Point B, yet the desire to strap on…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Book Guy 📚Queen Stuff 👑Bernard Shaw 📺 I’ve decided I want to own a copy of every Stephen King book ever written. That’s about 75 books at the moment. I have a built-in bookcase in my mancave/home office. I don’t think it would hold all 75 in hardcover, but perhaps it…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Beginnings 📚School Start 🚌Real Baseball ⚾ I was thinking this morning on my drive to work how we rarely know when the significant times in our lives begin. So frequently, the most important things that happen to us start with nothing noteworthy. Of course, there are exceptions, the “love-at-first-sight” moments or…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Fallin’ Thoughts 🤕Shinedown 🎸Sleepy 😴 The brain can be surprisingly efficient when the meatsack it’s attached to is in the middle of falling off a ladder while holding a revved-up chainsaw. This, I learned yesterday morning while attempting to saw a limb off a tree that was getting way too close…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Overview📅Fantasy Football🏈Elite Bonding🤼♂️ Days that start with chainsaws and lighter fluid and end with four hours of really good professional wrestling are bound to be added to the “good” column for review when the scales are weighed at the end of a life. Yesterday was such a day for me. In…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Funeral 😢Glimmers ☁️Meat 🥩 If you’re lucky, you’ve had a second mother. Whether your first mother was or is an amazing person who nurtured you and raised you among calm consistency or if she was lacking in certain maternal fundamentals, having a second mother is a blessing. Today, we were there…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩We’re Dumber 👎OnlyFans Thrives 🍑Shinedown 🎵 Official statistics put the COVID death toll in the United States at 1.04 million, with another 713 deaths yesterday. More than 4,000 people are in the ICU right now suffering from what the former Moron-in-Chief called that one person coming from China and a situation…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dethroned Queen 👑Gravy Wrestling 🤼♂️Dog Talk 🐕 Don’t fuck with the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival board. That’s a message Abigail Brocwell is learning the hard way. Brocwell was expected to be inaugurated as the queen of the festival in the northern Ohio town earlier this month, but she was stripped of the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩3, Unassisted ⚾A Sad Day 📅Tracking Your Vagina 🌸 The last time Boy The Younger was on a baseball field, the “coach” of his team removed him from a game in the middle of an inning because I had privately messaged him to not attempt to steal home with my kid…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hydrogen Issue 🚀Karting 🏎️Lake Life 😌 I was all excited to watch the launch of the moon-bound Artemis 1 rocket this morning, only to see the clock stopped at T-minus 40 minutes because of a “hydrogen issue.” Don’t know about you, but I’m thinking having an issue with hydrogen is a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Karen in Control ⌚Karting 🏎️What podcast? 🎧 In the winter of 1993, I went to a comedy club with a friend and, in the spur of the moment, decided to be one of those who came forward to join the fun and be hypnotized. This was decidedly out of character for…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Little League Flap ⚾Grandpa Joe 🤦Psychedelics 🍄 Boys are interesting creatures who aren’t easily understood. One of the many, many weird things boys do is mercilessly make fun of their best friends. My closest friends in middle school and early in high school were affectionately nicknamed Goon, Tree Frog, Butt and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩 Death Cometh Sooner 💀Twitter Security 🔓Game Over 🌑 Average life expectancy in the United States dropped in 2020 by almost two years in 2020, the biggest decline since World War II. Every state and the District of Columbia saw a drop. Guess it was a little bit more than that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Worm brain 🧠Chicken Big Mac 🐔Eye Twitch 👁️ Caenorhabditis elegans is probably too elegant of a name for something that is really just a disgusting little worm about a millimeter long and most easily found in rotting fruit. It is more commonly known as a lab roundworm and was the first…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩The Agliata Homeschool Academy 🚌Hypnosis 😳Sunburn 🌞🔥 When you tell people you homeschool your children, you typically receive one of three responses: An enthusiastic: “Oh, that’s so cool!”An I’d-rather-be-dipped-in-acid: “Oh wow! I could never do that!” A you’re-one-of-those-weirdos: “Oh… really… homeschooling, huh?” The percentage for each has changed in the wake…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Indycar 🏎️Best Friends 😎Baseball Irony ⚾ There are certain people who look at car racing as an endless series of left turns. These people are idiots on whom nuance is lost. Boy The Elder and I crossed the border yesterday late-morning to head just past the fine city of East St.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Swine Inflation 🐖Swamp Thing 🎥Phone Calls 📱 Life was different when I went to college in Iowa after growing up in suburban New York City. This isn’t to suggest I was a city kid. I wasn’t. The city was a place we went to a few times a year, and where…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Triple-Threat 🖥️🖥️🖥️Tasmanian Tiger 🐅Video Work 📹 Humans were not meant to stare at laptop screens. At least, humans of a certain age were not meant to stare at laptop screens. I say this after successfully lobbying for a second monitor at work, which effectively turned my laptop screen into a third…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Look Before Brewing ☕Hoop Construction 🏀Nuclear War ☢️ If you’d like an indication of how much of a Monday yesterday was for me, know that I ended up with an orange in my coffee. Well, to be fair, it wasn’t a full-blown orange. It was something called a Cutie, which is…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Weird Date 🪦Nature Walk🌳Bulldog Bath 🐶 If you have a date walking around a cemetery, you’re either weird or goth, and neither Wifey Poo nor I were wearing black today, which I guess tells you all you need to know about us. Old cemeteries are something of a fascination for us,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩So Long, Kid 👨👦Steak Celebration🥩Chip & Joanna 🪚 Regular readers of my drivel know that I’m kind of an emotional guy, which is like saying that Jack kind of could have fit on the spacious floating door with Rose in Titanic. So it should come as no surprise when I say…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Cash 4 IRS 💰Cash 4 Workers 💸Sound of Silence 🤫 Be extra careful on your taxes this year. The IRS is expected to receive nearly $80 billion when The Inflation Reduction Act eventually becomes law, and its plan is to hire 87,000 full-time workers. More than half of the $80 billion…Keep reading