I talked to my sister yesterday as she was taxiing back to the office after her trip to Canada.Â She’s just moved into her new flat in Chicago and is most pleased with herself.Â I asked whether she was going to finish off her unpacking this week and she said that she thought not.Â Why not?Â She has to go to Mexico for a couple of days tomorrow.
“It’s only work” she said.
But still, very exotic.
“You know” she said “really important people get not to travel”.
Yes, I know, but still.
“Will you be able to get a flight to get you back Friday night so’s you can finish your unpacking?”
Mild hesitation “well, yeah, probably, because I’m getting the company plane”.
“Anyway, what have YOU been doing today?”
“Well, let me see, I spent about half an hour lying on my stomach in the hall trying to fish out with a hanger the following things which the Princess had let fall into the lift shaft – a rubber ball, a plastic book and my car keys.”
“Oh, right.Â Well, how’s the job hunt going?”
“I got a rejection letter today from a leading firm of consultants, it said
‘We have given your application thorough consideration, but regret to inform you that, in spite of your excellent qualifications and outstanding experience, we have no position corresponding to your particular skills.
However, we have not doubt that, with your experience and professional expertise, you will soon find the challenge you are looking for.'”
“Well,” she said gamely, “that’s quite a positive rejection”
“It was addressed to Mr., do you think that they really gave my application thorough consideration”
“Er, no, probably not then.Â Reading anything good?”
“Not really, just finished ‘Jude the Obscure’ on tape in the car.Â He dies but not before all his children commit suicide”
“You know, I’m just arriving, maybe talk to you at the weekend…”
on 17 April 2004 at 11:15
Yeah and everyone gets fungal infections from the water in Mexico city…. And the food is only middling.
on 17 April 2004 at 14:06
Thanks gentlemen. I am cheered by your comments – I am a bad sister…
on 18 April 2004 at 18:59
No. You are a good sister. If she were my sister, I’d block her calls.
on 19 April 2004 at 15:39
Did I mention that she’s my younger sister?