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In cahoots?

August 9, 2012 - Steve Murch
I'm reading a Spencer novel by Robert Parker (one of the reasons I like them is because the are an easy read and can be done in a few hours, and they clear the mind for longer reads). In it, Spencer is taking to a housewife who was working in a high-end brothel but got beat up and quit.

In his conversation, Spencer uses the word “cahoots,” which the woman didn't know. He explains it to her, and then says to himself that he thinks she'll probably use it when talking to her friends for the next several weeks.

As soon as I read the word, and I do hear from time to time but not very often, I immediately thought of a guy I lived with at Lake Superior State U. — Hick (real name Scott Brand, but most of the guys in the house had nicknames but thankfully not me, though I did room with Mouse). So Hick used to love to say cahoots. Everyone was in cahoots with someone. He was the ultimate conspiracy theorist.

His conspiracies were never outside of our world, however. His biggest conspiracy was that the phone company was in cahoots with the cable company. Any time he felt slighted by a company, that one was in cahoots with one of the others.

As more and more companies gobble each other and we have fewer choices, or the choices remain but fewer companies controls them, it appears Hick might have been on to something. The first time I saw a Charter bundle ad I thought of Hick. Then an AT&T U-verse ad, I thought of Hick.

In the world of big business they all are gobbling each other up. Not necessarily in cahoots, but they do have the interests of us all rolled into one company that oversees the books.

Somewhere Hick is talking about companies being in cahoots, and Spencer would be proud when you used the word.


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