Lots of work this week that’s still not done, but I thought I’d get this anecdote down before I forget it. I just had a phone call that went something like this:
Caller: Hello, may I please speak with Monsieur L-?
Me: He’s not here right now.
Caller: Then may I speak with Madame L-?
Me: That’s me.
Caller: I don’t understand.
Me: I’m his partner.
Caller: I didn’t know I was calling a business line.
Me: No, this is a house.
Caller: And who do I have the honor of addressing?
Me: I’m Monsieur B-, Monsieur L-‘s partner.
Caller: Oh! OK. (pause) It’s all the same. I’m with company X and we specialize in buying gold…
Me: No thanks!