Full Disclosure: Golden 1
By Ed Goldman
Happy New Year! In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m writing to tell you that roughly a month-and-a-half ago, I received a financial windfall from an institution I’ve written about favorably a few times.
Well, rather than forsake the money or forward it to a favorite charity, which would have mitigated at least a bit of the ethical dilemma I’m facing, I greedily accepted the payoff.
Now, please believe that when I heard about the approaching bonanza, my first thought was of others. This is just the way I roll. In fact, before thinking it through, I blurted out to my wife, “Eight dollars?! Now Sis can have that operation!”
“Ah, yes, Boy-o. In English, that’s the Day of Skipping Happy Meals, correct?”
“So close, Padre. So close.”
Please don’t get me wrong. I think the Golden 1’s notion of give-back is admirable. But even at the holidays, when credit card balances ascend to their limits, $8 wasn’t going to prove much of a gold strike. If the credit union had instead given out artisan-coffee gift cards, even that might have smacked a little more of largesse, don’t you think?
And if the institution would stop renewing its annual $100 bazillion naming rights to downtown Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center—where the NBA’s Sacramento Kings have not been losing every game this season—I think we could have brought that amount up to as much as 10 bucks. Now, that’s a windfall!