Friday, 10 am ...
Client B's MD: Aaurgh, J's machine has died horribly and she can't do any work.
Me: No worries, I'll come in a little earlier than we planned. I'll see you at around half-twelve.
CBMD: Great, thank you.
Fx: *superhero "swoosh" noise*
Me: *works on J's computer, which has toasted its registry*
Everyone at Client B: Right, we're off home, let yourself out.
6:45 pm ...
Me *finally fixes computer, goes to pub*
Monday, 9:30 am...
Me: *phones CBMD*
Me: Just phoning to confirm that J's machine is behaving as she would wish.
CBMD: Well... she's sitting at it, and she hasn't said anything.
Me: That's probably a good sign.
CBMD: I haven't heard a peep. Perhaps she'll express her gratitude to you separately.
Me: Well... we'll see.
CBMD: Sometimes all you get is silence and indifference.
Me: Sometimes silence and indifference is the best you can hope for from a user.