Full of New Year's feasting, bleary eyed from watching Bowl games on their new-old T.V. retrieved from their dumpster dive, Wooster and Lodi are once again seated at their favorite park bench. With the new year lying stretched out before them, full of promise and hope, they are planning their financial future.
"Well, Lodi, it's a brand new year. Have you made any New Year's resolutions?" Wooster ask his sometimes-business partner and full-time friend.
"As a matter of fact, I have, Wooster." Lodi flipped through his note pad where he'd been scribbling his thoughts, plans and brain-storms. "My number one resolution is to consume less. After that enormous meal we rescued from our favorite restaurant's trash last night, I had to let out a notch on my belt."
"For a moment there I thought you meant "consume less" as in products and durable goods. We've basically got that one down pat. Everything we use is what someone has tossed out, surely making us poster boys for next "Earth Day".
"That, too." Lodi returned to his list. "It's reached the point, though, where we're going to have to create some cash flow, Wooster. "This dumpster diving is getting kind of crowded these days. At some point, there'll be more divers than contributors. Sorta like Social Security."
"You're right," Wooster agreed. "Let's make sure our cash flow is 'positive' from now on. That's why we're in the shape we're in, all our cash flow was 'negative'. Only the government can sustain a financial strategy like that."
"That's a great plan, Wooster," Lodi said as he added a new line to his New Year's resolution list. "Then, when the dumpsters get over-crowded, we'll be ready to make our own contributions. It's beautiful how life comes full-circle - if you have the right plan."
"Plan and execute," Wooster said as he started making notes of his own. "'Plan your work and work your plan' - that's what my Daddy always said."
"This year, let's make Positive Cash Flow our goal. I love this time of year...."
Wooster and Lodi returned to work feverishly on their new plan for the new year, with achieving a "Positive Cash Flow" as their shared objective. All around, shoppers were scurrying to the next after-Christmas, end-of-year, buy-one-get-one-free sale as they cleared out their closets and garages to make room for the new stuff. The dumpster would be refilled once again.