Life would be so joyless if we couldn't have a little fun at others' expense. Luckily, I have a great source of amusement in the Boss.
He's been bugging me to order new business cards for him, and I've been paying no attention. Already we're talking big fun, right, seeing how far I can go ignoring him? The problem is, he's redesigned our old cards and I've been embarrassed to show the print shop what he wants. He wants to add several new phone numbers, but his design makes the card look absurdly cluttered.
The clerk rolled her eyes and asked the same question I'd been thinking about. If a card has that many phone numbers, how is a customer supposed to know which one to call? Either they'll call the first one on the list (which happens to be mine) or forget the whole thing. Who's going to know that the one marked "Engineering," the third one down the list, is the one that will reach him?
She was skeptical, but she took the order and let me pay for it. We'll have to wait and see what the cards look like, but the Boss won't be quite satisfied, no matter how close they are to what he asked for.
He got me back this afternoon, without even knowing I'd been mocking him. I try to keep creditors from talking to him, because he always promises he'll pay their bills, even if they're not due yet. After he makes these promises, he calls me and asks if we have the money. I made him squirm this time, because it was a big invoice he said we'd pay, but then I let him go with a warning. I warned him that he might have to loan the company money to pay the real bills, the ones that really are due.