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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
“Please hold while I connect you with
click then a booming male voice on the line.
Father Time. How may I help you?”
“Uhhh . . .
,” I hesitate, feeling my resolve running into my shoes.
young man! I don’t have all day.” He chuckles at his own joke.
thing is, I’d like to request, if it’s not too much trouble. Four extra hours
in the day tomorrow!” There. I said it.
Tate, sir. We’ve spoken before.”
paper. “Yes. I see here where you called just two days ago. And now you are
asking for another EOD?”
“A four hour
Extend of Day, that’s correct. Just four hours.” I cross my fingers.
“You know we
have a strict policy about how many EOD’s you can have in a year.” More paper shuffling.
“Says here this is the fourth time this month. Not sure I can give you another.
You can get addicted to these, you know?”
you don’t understand. It’s not for me.”
it for, Mr. Tate?”
I take a
deep breath and just say it. “It’s for my wife, sir. She’s been very busy. I
know she could use it and our anniversary is coming up and I just thought . . .
You know that is against policy. You are not authorized on your wife’s account.
I don’t think I can help you without her consent.”
Time. Just this once?”
But there’s nothing I can do. What if I gave EOD’s to just anyone who called up?
It wouldn’t be long until I wouldn’t have a job. She’ll have to call in