Hi, brick wall, let's chat

I got a call from OldBoss's new assistant. "Karen, when you scheduled the [Professional Organization for Which Boss Is President] meeting at [Big Industry Conference], did you have any trouble getting a meeting room?" she asked. "No, I just called the hotel and reserved a room for the meeting," I replied. "Well, the hotel said that since POWBIP is separate from BIC, I need to get approval for a room, because they have all the rooms reserved for the whole time." "Oh. Well, the hotel I dealt with didn't require me to do anything like that." "Well, how to I get approval from BIC?" "I don't know. I didn't have to do it." "I guess I could say it's part of BIC...except I already said it wasn't...how did you reserve the room, since it was separate from BIC?" "OK, I admit it," I said, "I offered special perks to the people in charge, if you know what I mean. I can be very persuasive!" (OK, I didn't really say that. Or say anything else, for that matter. After 5 seconds or so of silence, she thanked me and rang off.)


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    Hubby- aka DH My husband since 1995. He is the head of the band department at a college prep school, and dabbles as a wanna-be pop star.

    The Princess- aka DD. Third grader at the local parochial school. Loves butterlies, sparkly things, the color purple and has recently developed a crush on one of the twins from "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody". Is ready for her teenage years, having already perfected her exasperated sigh and dramatic eye-roll.

    Hoss- aka DS1. Kindergartener and resident spirited child. His aunt likes to call him "the evil genius" because of his penchant for letting a lack of intellectual stimulation lead him into mischief. Likes trucks, sports, building things and burping. His current favorite word is "underwear."

    Lil Joe- aka DS2. Born in 2003. Doesn't say much we can understand, but has mastered the important stuff ("eat!", "Wash hands!", "Want chocolate ones!", "Hockey game!") Likes to push buttons, much to the consternation of whoever is trying to watch a DVD. Firmly refuses to use the potty, despite evidence that he is physically ready to be out of diapers, indicating a level of stubborn that eclipses even that of his parents and siblings.

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