Coincidence? I wonder. Has anyone actually ever seen them in the same place at the same time? Maybe the boss is doing this to troll me. I certainly wouldn’t put it past him.
Oh, hang on – now that I think about it, I have seen them together – at a billion soul-crushing meetings last year. I must have blocked the memory. Can’t imagine why.
This depressingly stupid scenario recurs every couple of months. After a couple of days, the client returns from gun-running or whatever shameful activity requires him to remain incommunicado and life returns to normal.
My boss seems to be the only one who hasn’t noticed the pattern.
As much as I enjoy working with my manager’s imaginary friends, they aren’t exactly productive. Sometimes it feels as if I’m doing everything myself.
Still, I shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that they’re model employees: they work for free; they don’t waste paper; and they don’t make personal phone calls.