Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
Imagine you're neither fat, nor a cat.
You're in the office one day and you hear that your bosses are giving you a bonus, the likes of which few outside of Wall Street could ever expect.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, you're getting an extra $100,000.
What would you feel?
Ask the employees of Hilcorp. This Houston-based oil and gas company just made that announcement, and you can imagine that one or two employees might have shed a tear or two.
Amanda Thompson, who's been the receptionist for 10 years, told Fox 26: "Mr. Jeff Hilldebrand and our president Greg Lalicker, they are such amazing motivators. Some days I just kind of look down the hall and say I can't believe these are my bosses and they're the best."
I have a feeling you might say that if your bosses had just given you a $100,000 bonus.
Especially if a TV camera was being pointed in your face because your bosses had just given you a $100,000 bonus.
Still, Thompson insisted: "We cried with happiness for each other, we hugged."
Yes, they'll have shed a tear because the $100,000 might make a big difference in their lives.
They'll have shed a tear because suddenly they'll be able to not only buy things they didn't think possible but also save for a time when they don't want to be working too hard.
Most of all, though, perhaps they'll have shed a tear because their bosses kept their word.
Thompson explained that the employees had been told that if they doubled the size of the company in five years, this would be their bonus.
They did and it was.
It's one of the basics of business as well as life.
If you make a promise, keep it. Don't make excuses. Be true to your word, even if it costs you.
This might be quite hard in a world where bosses tend to be on the greedy side, while many believe that employees are bottom-line items. Disposable bottom-line items, that is.
Some might be cheered that such a charming communism has emerged from Texas.
But what beautiful timing for some families that happened to be in the right place at the right time, working for, it seems, the right people.