This evening the Bear and the Tiger were playing Cat-opoly. It’s like Monopoly, except that instead of buying properties, you invest in cats. And instead of going to jail, you fall into the water.
Investing in cats is of course a dubious premise, even for a cat lover like me. Grey Kitty was strictly a source of outward cash flow. If anyone figures out how to make money by renting out cats – as mousers? – I’d love to know what I was missing.
Well, I suppose since the cats in the game are all fancy breeds, there might be stud fees. Hard to explain that one to a preschooler, though.
The Bear bankrupted the Tiger after convincing him to trade precisely the cat cards that the Bear needed for a monopoly. I thought about admonishing him for taking advantage of his four-year-old brother.
And then I thought: No, better couch this as an early lesson in economics. Because y’know, that’s just about how real monopolists, war profiteers, Enrons, and Halliburtons become mega-rich. Add in a few price fixers, lobbyists, Abramoffs, and Cheneys, and you’re good to go.
Now we just need to figure out how to get all of them – not just Abramoff – to fall into the water.
Image from Amazon.