At first I thought the guy they were talking about was dead. DEAD. They had come into the bar area and taken a table at the end of bankette, opposite from me. I was there because the internet wasn't working in my room and I knew I would have emails from work to respond to, and then there is the blog to write. I was winding down on both. I knew Joe would be by to pick me up, it was time to get to the next gig.
As they gathered together they all mentioned about how odd it was for Thom not to be there. How sad it all was. But you could see the blood in the water and these guys circling around Thom's former power and influence. Who was going to benefit from his death? Salesmen in hotels may wear pretty suits that make them look sleek and rich, but the suits don't counteract the effect of testosterone and power.
Then one of them said, "I'll get the first of the phone calls over with' and pulled out his phone. Minutes later he was saying what firm he was calling from, and yes, yes, Thom used to handle their accounts but that would be transferred now. He grimaced at his buddies who came to a complete frozen stop. "Well, I'm sure you heard that Thom's accident had left him in a wheelchair and ..." "I understand he'd been doing the work from his home computer ... but we felt that you deserved to have a more personal touch with someone a bit more vital." That was soon to be seen as a real mistake.
"No, no, I didn't mean ... of course Thom was, I mean is one of the ... well we just thought ... wouldn't you like to meet and discuss ... Is Thom still with the company ... I believe he is staying on in some capacity ... I'd have to check ... oh he's still working your account .... Well that's great then isn't it. Nice to have chatted."
He hung up the phone and used it like a gun to point at one of the other guys, "I'm not doing that again."
I don't know any more of the story, but I'd like to. I wonder if Thom is going to take all his buisness with him if he's let go, or if these guys are going to keep their jobs when Thom finds out about the call.
Tune in next week when the sharks gather at a table near you.