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June 6, 2011

6 A.M. & My Shadow is a No Show!

clock showing 6:20

The next morning at 6:00 am I find myself pouring a black cup of coffee in the hotel breakfast area. I sit down.  6:30…7:00…7:30.  My shadow is a no show. I throw my  Fage yogurt container away and head back to my room.  My cell phone rings at 8:00 am.  It is my shadow.

“Where the hell are you?” he snorts.

“Excuse me?  I was in the lobby restaurant from 6:00 am to 7:30.  You weren’t there so I came back to my room.”

“Well I am here now. You need to come down here so we can plan the day.”

This guys is incredibly rude. And besides, he is not my boss. We are in theory, partners.  Oh, the horror, I am one of his business partners. Are you getting the idea that I don’t like this guy yet?

I get another cup of coffee and watch him eat his breakfast.  He asks me the plan for the day.

“The same plan that we discussed last night at dinner.” I answer.

“Well, don’t we have dinner plans with the brokers?”

“No, we are taking them to lunch”

“So, we don’t have anything this evening?”


“Well, young lady.  You need to start planning better.  You are really starting to waste my time.”

I have really had it with two things; 1)  this idiot and  2) the plastic cutlery.  I mean what real damage can I do with this flimsy knife?    Would it even break the skin?Plastic knife

I take a deep breath and remind him that he knew this before he booked his flight and that I was the one that wanted to fly out the same afternoon, but he insisted on staying until the next morning. I mean really, think about it, would I spend one more minute with this imbecile than was necessary?  He tells me he doesn’t remember. So I lean over the table and look over my glasses and I tell him,

“Well, there is a flight out of here at 10:45 this morning, why don’t you salvage your day and the business by catching that flight. Or better yet, you stay and do the appointments, and I will go catch that flight.”

“Well, I don’t know what to do or say at these appointments!” he protests.

THAT’S RIGHT,  YOU DON’T!”  I answered with  the  enthusiasm one might say to a puppy when she pees on her wee wee pad and not the floor for the first time!  He finally got something right. I really thought confetti would fall from the ceiling. I reeled myself in to add, “So ,why don’t you try to remember that during the meeting.”

A younger businessman was sitting eating his bagel across the table from another shadow type figure looks over at me and smiles restraining a laugh.

I am now his new hero!


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