Well, El Kabong, if you were here I’d tell you about a time just last week that I wish I hadn’t been there or at least that I wished that the party to whom I was speaking when I answered the phone had thought I wasn’t there or had taken my word for it that although I was there I knew nothing.
I’m at the office trying to finish up the newspaper. We publish three small weekly papers and I’m the editor and production person for one of them. A woman called at 6:20pm, not only after normal office hours, but after deadline for any of the papers.
She asked, by name, for a Sales Rep from one of the other papers. I told her politely that Rep wasn’t in, but I’d be glad to take a message. And the conversation proceeded:
**Lady: **Well, I’m wondering about advertising in the A paper.
me: I’m sorry, I don’t work in advertising, but I can have the Rep call you back.
**Lady: **Well, I just need to know about advertising in the June 9 issue of the A paper and…
me: I’m sorry, as I said, I don’t work in advertising. I’m the editor of the S paper and right now I’m trying to get the paper out for deadline so I’m sure the Rep will be able to help you out if you just give me your name and number and I’ll have her call you back.
**Lady: **Well, can’t you just tell me what size the paper is? And what size ads are available? And how much they cost? And…
me: The paper is tabloid sized ma’am and I’m not sure about the rest since I don’t work in advertising and I don’t want to give you incorrect information. I’ll be glad to give the Rep a call at home right now with your name and number and if she’s available I’m sure she’ll call you right back.
**Lady: **Well, I’m only going to be here for another minute.
*Well, Holy Shmuck, lady, I didn’t realize it was AN AD EMERGENCY, why didn’t you say so to begin with? Fuck the Rep. I’ll get the Publisher on the BatAdPhone immediately. *
So sometimes it’s good to not be there, El Kabong, wherever you are.