John grew up in a small town, then moved away to attend college and law school. He decided to come back to his hometown because he could be a big man there. He really wanted to impress everyone. So he returned and opened his new law office.
The first day he saw a man coming up the sidewalk. He decided to make a big impression on this new client when he arrived. As the man came to the door, John picked up the phone. He motioned the man in, while talking: “No. Absolutely not. You tell those clowns in New York that I won’t settle this case for less than one million. Yes. The Appeals Court has agreed to hear that case next week. I’ll be handling the primary argument and the other members of my team will provide support. Okay. Tell the State Prosecutor that I’ll meet with him next week to discuss the details.”
This sort of thing went on for almost five minutes. All the while the man sat patiently as John rattled instructions. Finally, John put down the phone and turned to the man, “I’m sorry for the delay, but as you can see, I’m very busy. What can I do for you?”
The man replied, “I was sent by the telephone company to connect your phone line.”