Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Beware: Slippery slope ahead

"How are you, Tim?"

"Good! What a nice surprise! Why are you calling me on a Monday morning?"

"Do I need a reason?"

"Nooo....I was hoping-"

"Hoping what?"

"I was hoping you'd tell me that your girlfriend was outta town and you wanted to shack up for a few days."

I laugh. "No, sorry. So are you working?"

"Not really. I don't have too many projects lately. I think I have to do some advertising."

"You do graphic design, right? On the computer?"


"Do you do tri-fold brochures?"

"Sure! I do lots of those!"

"We may need some for our telemarketing group. Can I have somebody call you with specs?"

"Sure! THANK you, Steve!"

"No problem."



"You fix computers, right?"

"Sometimes. When I have spare time."

"Well, my computer at home is alll screwed up. I boot it up, and it takes, like, a half hour to get started! And I get a zillion of those pop-ups."

"Oh yeah, sounds like a hard-core spyware infection. I guess you've been downloading too much porn."

She laughs. "So, can you take the spyware out?"

"It would take time. I could do it."

"How much do you charge?"

"If it's a friend, nothing."

"What if it's NOT a friend?"

"I don't charge anything specific. If they offer me money, I don't turn it down."

"So if I offer you something, you won't turn it down?"

I pause. "You are BAD."

She giggles.

"Anyway, I could take a look at it for you if you want. " I take out my BlackBerry. "How 'bout Friday?"



"Make it 6:30, and I'll make you dinner."

"Ok, cool!"

What the hell did I just agree to?