Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 25 Nov 1996 22:35:14 -0500

E. Shaun Russell wrote:
> On 25/11/96, Lyle wrote:
> I'm going to take a crack at this: There Is Such A Thing As A Free
> Lunch If You Ask Politely? Am I right?

if so, then you would be giving the lunch buyer the ego satisfaction of
being magnanimous in exchange for the lunch.

If they bought you lunch cause they like being with you, they are
recieving services in kind, i.e. entertainment. When I lived in Seattle,
I usually was taken to lunch or dinner by freinds 3 times more often
than I was able to reciprocate, because I was 1) an entertaining guy, 2)
the only person who would hang out with them, 3) people were interested
in me or my company for business reasons. In each case, I wound up
paying for it one way or another.

ALL human relationships are based on free trade, which can be quantified
economically, or qualified emotionally.

I usually found that the biggest free lunches always had the biggest
costs for me in the end.....

Suffice it to say, I'm back in New Hampshire as much for the splendid
isolation it provides, as for nearness to family.

Michael Lorrey
Northstar Technologies Agent
Inventor of the Lorrey Drive
Anything I say can and should be used against me.