So my husband had a consulting gig this past week. He was approached by a startup company (or as we like to call it around my house "a make believe company") to help with their supply chain management. My husband coined the term, but I quickly jumped on board and wondered if they were going to pay him pretend money and offer fake benefits. Perhaps startup company is the wrong term to use in this case, because I think that label, which became popular during the dot-com bubble, is associated with high growth, technology oriented companies. That is definitely not the case with this particular...um....young...business...venture.
Regardless, my husband has been working....or at least feigning work. I'll tell you more about it another time; I don't think I'm at liberty to discuss the details right now. That makes it sound very secretive and mysterious, doesn't it? Are you thinking that the newly established "business" is actually a branch of the C.I.A? You might be on to something. I know I've probably told you that he has several engineering degrees, but have I ever mentioned that he also a three digit number associated with his name? (Think 007.)
So my kids and I iChatted with him this week while we ate breakfast and he ate lunch. Hey, this is sort of like Where in the World is Matt Lauer?! You know...that a segment on NBC's Today show which features co-host Matt Lauer traveling the whole world within a week. He gives a clue as to where he will be the next day and the viewers and his co-hosts try to guess his next destination. One day he is in Reykjavik, Iceland and the next he is in Cape Town, South Africa. Yes, Matt is that crazy.
I'm pretty sure NBC robbed the title from the PBS game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? So, I'm going to rob it and play my own game of Where in the World is Jim Reid? Perfect timing since nobody is going to be asking where in the world is Matt Lauer this year. Apparently NBC has decided to put Matt's jet-setting ways behind him and keep him home in light of the current economic crisis. Move over Matt, there's a new traveller in town!
So, the traveller called me this afternoon to tell me that he cleared customs and would be home in time for dinner. Then I got a call saying that his flight from Washington, D.C. was delayed. Then I got a second call saying the flight was delayed again - the kids and I would eat without him. Then I got a third call saying that the plane was still not at the gate; in fact, they apparently can't find the plane. What the? How are we supposed to play Where in the World is Jim Reid if we can't locate his plane? I hate traveling. He has been at it for about 35 hours now. I would be a basket case if I were him (precisely why the make believe company didn't recruited me).
Ok, so let's play. Those of you who know where he is...mum's the word. Those of you who are not in the know...take a guess. Where has he been all week? Here is the clue: We did NOT make him Chicken Kiev for his welcome home dinner and we're hoping he brought us home some fancy schmancy Easter eggs...
Anybody? Anybody? Buehler?