austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

'Cause his world is built round punctuality

I got news through my brother about some of what just happened on Friday. It may seem silly that I find out more about the company I work for through my brother, but he's the most direct means of communication there. After my employer missed meeting me, he sent text messages to my brother asking what happened, which was funny since my brother had no idea where I was or what was going on, other than that I was trying to meet him. My employer thought I was meeting the other two people who were going up at the office rather than his house, because that was how he interpreted the most recent set of e-mails. In any case, my employer's voice mailbox was full, as always, and he wasn't answering the phone for me, and I don't have any means of sending text messages except to chefmongoose and I always forget that.

However, it turns out that the client meeting was not one that we should have gathered at 10:00 to head up for; it was supposed to be at 10:00, so we would have been horribly late. But that's all right because while I was on time for meeting at 10:00, my employer wasn't because he thought the meeting was at 1:00 and had gone out to take care of other things during the morning, so the time that he didn't see me anywhere was not the time I was there not seeing him. He apologized profusely to the client, who wasn't put of by any of this. Where the two guys from the office who were also going up ended up I haven't yet learned.

So: I went to the wrong place at a time that would have been wrong even if everyone else had gathered there. My employer went to the right place at the wrong time. Other people went to somewhere I can't identify but did not make the meeting (which they'd have been able to carry out on their own) for no reason yet obvious.

And somehow, despite all of this, the company has not yet been abducted by squirrels.

Trivia: In 1891, the Army, Navy, and Marines of the United States employed 39,492 people. The Pennsylvania Railroad employed over 110,000. Source: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, John Micklethwait, Adrian Woolridge.

Currently Reading: 11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour, Joseph E Persico.


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