Well, this is about as crazy of a story as they get buck hang in here with me. I am so excited I can barely type... So about 3 years ago we did some work for this guy I know in trade for future stock in his company. It was the dead of winter and my guys had nothing to do anyway. Furthermore, there were very minimal costs involved other than labor. So long story short, we did about a $3000 job for this guy and in return, when his new company went public, which was to be later that year, I would get $3K of stock at the IPO. Well about that time, we began to go into a recession and tech and internet stocks began to plumit. Timing was no longer good for an IPO so we've been waiting ever since. Now 3 years later we still don't have anytihing to show for the work we did. However, I trusted this guy. We have a lot of history together and I took him as a man of integrity and vision. So I trusted not only that his company would eventually go places and make my stock worth more but I also trusted that he would eventually pay me. All this time, this was done on a handshake. No papers were signed. Meanwhile he's remained a great maintenance client of ours and has paid his maintenance bills every month for several years. And all this time my friends and relatives were doubting me. Saying he'd never pay. Saying I got screwed. Saying I should sue him. Telling me how foolish I was for taking such a deal, especially when it's not in writing. So today I get an email from him updating me on his life and business life. And he said he's sorry that I haven't been able to get any stock yet but would like to extend me an invitation to a private fundraiser dinner in D.C. with all sorts of big wigs, but namely President and Laura Bush. Cost is $1000 per plate. But He's already paid that for me! He still owes us the stock but this is just a kind of "thanks for being patient" thing. All we got to do is fly there and we'll be dining with the big boys. What a deal! I always tell people that you can still trust people with a handshake. Oh crap, I gotta go rent a tux! Later!