I had a meeting. I was running late. I rushed into the workroom, still dressed in my workclothes although I had divested my tie in the car on the way home. I hit the start button on the computer and nothing happened.
I looked up and saw that Bagman and Butler were just staring at me with that expression I know so well. At least Bagman had that expression -- half laughing, half angry, half curious to see my reaction. (Yes, I know that adds up to 150%). Butler hardly ever has any expression. But I could tell it had something to do with my computer. "Very funny, very funny. You want to log me back onto the nework now?"
BAGMAN (grinning toothily): "Sorry, Jack, you've been shut off."
BUTLER (nodding gravely): "We voted."
There was a long silence followed by a longer silence although to be honest there was nothing in between the two silences so it might have actually been one very long silence. Long enough, anyway so that I knew I would have to break it. So I did. "Care to tell me why?"
BAGMAN: "Because we've been watching you! Running here, running there...working, trying to be everywhere at once. We know you!!"
BUTLER: "It was my idea to shut you off. We both knew you were overdue..."
"For what?" I said. "Overdue for what?"
BAGMAN: "For one of your big whineys!"
BUTLER: "I don't know about the people who follow you, but Bagman and I are really tired of listening to you complain about not being able to blog or read other people's blogs."
"That's not fair! I don't whine that much," I whined. "Besides, I've been reading blogs."
BUTLER: "You read a grand total of five this morning and three of them you just skimmed."
"But I was busy! I only had an hour before work and I had photos to download and I had to write a letter and..." I stopped and thought a minute. Bagman and Butler were just staring at me. "I'm whining aren't I?"
They both nodded their heads.
"So are you going to let me post a blog today or not?"
BAGMAN: "Not a chance, Jack!"
I shrugged and went back upstairs to work on my taxes. Just before I closed the door, I heard Butler asking Bagman a question.
BUTLER: "Why are you calling him Jack?"