“We’ll need you for a conference call,” said the voice on the phone. This was a friendly voice, which made me think things were going well.
“All right … what are we going to be talking about?”
“We’re still figuring out the exact agenda, so just, stay loose, roll with it. We probably won’t need you really, we just want the insurance.”
I said thank you rather than work out whether to be insulted. “When is the call? When should I be there?”
“Oh, we’re working out the time. We’ll just call you when we’re ready.”
“Are you thinking it’ll be late morning? Early afternoon? Late afternoon?”
“Can’t really say. Just wait and we’ll be ready for you.”
“Is it going to be today?”
The voice sighed. “Don’t worry about trivialities. We We need you for the big-picture thinking, that insight you bring into our i-dotting and t-crossing.”
And this is why I spent the whole day sitting at the table, staring at my cell phone, wondering if I could dash off to the bathroom without getting caught.