Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
Do you believe that people pay for their sins?
Do you think that, somewhere in the sky, there's a celestial actuary who makes sure that suffering and joy are doled out in equal proportions?
No, I don't either.
But here's a story that might induce at least a wry grin upon your permanently harassed features.
I described recently how JetBlue is the latest airline to cram more seats onto its narrow-body planes.
You know that it's about money. Please don't tell me I have to explain.
It seems, though, that the idea has left a nasty stink.
For, as Bloomberg reports, squeezing in more seats means squeezing you even further when you sit down. On the loo, that is.
And those diminutive new loos keep breaking down.
The Space Flex toilet, courtesy of by Zodiac Aerospace, is supposed to follow the great principle of so many airlines -- we're giving you less, but you'll feel like you're getting more.
This argument was most brilliant used by an American Airlines executive who offered this when speaking of the company's reduced seat pitch: "These seats are designed to make efficient use of the space available and feel more spacious, so a 30-inch pitch will feel more like today's 31 inches."
Which reminds me of someone famous explaining to me that he has very big hands. No, it wasn't OJ.
JetBlue tells me it's now delaying the introduction of the new toilets into its Airbus 320 aircraft, which now enjoy 12 more seats.
The airline's Doug McGraw told me of the toilet issues: "Equipment quality hasn't been up to standard and we've seen alignment issues in the installation. These problems are leading to a high rate of inoperable parts and out of service lavatories."
If there's one thing I would never wish on anyone, it's to have inoperable parts in the toilet.
JetBlue said it's doing everything it can to alleviate the issues.
"We are installing repairs to the lavatories on the A321s now and working with Airbus and Zodiac to ensure these repairs are effective, and address the problems we and other airlines have experienced," he said.
I did ask the obvious question. Were these toilets tested in advance? I was told that this is a relatively new product.
JetBlue does at least attempt to give passengers something akin to a pleasant service.
One cannot help getting the feeling that it's been dragged into the so-called densification process by other airlines' keenness for your discomfort.
The lesson for today is therefore: When you're greedy for too much, the cosmos can sometimes express its annoyance.