I need to start being more gung-ho at work. In business generally.
Example: "Peas, will you do me a little favour?"
Peas: Yes, Editor Lady, what can I do for you, get you a supply of crack when I'm on the road? Drop your DVD off? Wipe your ass?" (All with a smile, naturally).
Editor Lady: No actually, I'm just snowed under with work. Would you mind covering my story for me in Witbank? (Cue pavement special eyes)
Peas: I'm also on deadline, you might've noticed. I also have stories coming out of my ears (that I also don't feel like doing - but I didn't say that), can you not arrange the appointment another day?
Editor Lady: No. Thanks, you're a star.
Not only am I annoyed, have a migraine, had to do small talk in a car for four hours there and back (my absolute worst), am I am quite frankly OVER THIS.
Witbank, for the lesser informed, is in Mpumalanga, on the way to Nelspruit. Sorry, where do I have time for this?
How about, "No." No, I can't. No, I won't.
Enough. I need a holiday.