The cash in hand is an interesting tool. It can turn off some and turn on some. I have included a wiki link to a short description of "hyperbolic discounting." Worth a look if you want to get into this a little deeper. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbolic_discounting I wish my mediations/negotiations students paid half the attention inmates do to these concepts. When it is your money on the line it matters more than when it is mom and dad footing the tuition. "Like yeah, is this going to be on the, like test?" "However... according to Pittsner and Buchenofsky, four distinct races preceded man on this planet: the fire-mist people, the potato-bug people, the yokel people and the kissable chitterlings. "