So then…I pick up my office phone in hopes that I can get some work done today.
It seems everyone I call this afternoon is distracted by a meeting just about to start — or they’re at lunch — or out running an errand.
I dial the cell phone of Mark Wilson — Vice President at a company bidding to be our vendor. I’m hoping he’s available to discuss the proposal that his firm submitted.
“Mark Wilson,” he says a little hesitantly.
“Hey, Mark, it’s Darcy Perdu. Can you talk?”
“Well, yeah.” Pause. “I’m not drunk, if that’s what you mean.”
I burst out laughing. “Drunk? Why would I think you’re drunk, Mark? Are you in the habit of imbibing during the business day? It’s only 2:00, for God’s sake!”
“No, it’s just that you asked if I ‘can talk.’ Of course I can talk. Let’s talk.” He says all this a little quickly, a little defensively.
Is he joking around? Or is he pulling a BFM? (Barney Fife Maneuver)
You know, like when Sheriff Andy says, “Barney, the bank robber escaped! Where is he?”
And Barney says, “I have no idea where he is, boss. He’s certainly not hiding under the desk!”
Of course Barney’s nervousness results in him admitting the very thing he’s trying to hide!
So is Mark actually drunk — and trying to unsuccessfully divert attention from that fact?
Or does he just have a warped sense of humor?
Either way, I’m putting his company’s bid at the top of my list.
– Darcy Perdu
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(Any fun work stories to share? Odd behavior of vendors or co-workers?)