Of Water and Men

What’s a field of opportunities when we are too blind to see?

There is a new cat in the neighborhood. A brand new 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is maneuvering in the alley. An elegant man, wearing shades darker than his suit, is sitting in the backseat. The children stopped playing football down the street and come to greet him. His chauffeur is waving them, but Antoine frowns. “Let them come,” he said, “I have candies in my bag, this is the perfect occasion!”

He loved his new house. No furniture yet, no big deal. Antoine is rich. No, let me get it straight: his father is powerful.

Across the street, in another home, a man is dealing with water distribution issues. His activity is at stake. Pascal is a metallurgist. Water, like electricity, is a rare commodity in some African countries.

For Antoine, money is flowing, the business is good. So he buys a water tank about the height of a basketball hoop and the generator that goes with it. In what business activity is he to be so successful?

“I’m into real estate! Come get a drink at my house we’ll talk about it” he says, all smile, to his curious neighbors.

That’s what they all think until that glorious afternoon comes when two military trucks -full of nice people- bust his door open, throw him out of bed, seize his house and take him. Straight to jail. The children stopped playing football, not for the candies though. “That happened so fast!” they said, looking at each other as the dust settles.

“You are getting used to fooling the system around, until you get hustled by the system, like a fool.”

Antoine was trafficking signatures and using his father’s name and reputation to get enormous deals come his way.

It comes to Pascal’s attention that the now famous inmate’s belongings are for sale, at a huge discount.

Especially. The Water. Tank.

First, he is thrilled. He sleeps over that opportunity, twist and turns in his bed at night. Then he thinks “I have too many expenses and priorities, this can wait until I get ready.”

A few months later, Pascal is finally ready to buy. As he is heading back to his home after a long day at work, he notices something unusual: the big shape protruding his neighbor’s barrier is gone.

The tank has been sold.

He tries to run the market, looking for the same container size. Same price. But the value has quadrupled.

What Lost In Transition painting [Pic] is about? It’s a story of water and men, a story about hope, reminding you of a moment of your past when you were lost, unable to make a saving decision or express the complexity of an emotion.




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