Dogs 2010

4:55 REQUEST
(10/27/10)


my phone
rings

I stare
at it a bit
checking
the caller
ID

Florida
area code
and I know
that it's even
later
in the day
for the phoner
so this phonee
picks up

it's
not simple
of course

he wants
some special
data compilation
for certain companies
in Spanish speaking
countries

he wants
counts
and a pricing
estimate

right away
of course

¡que lastima!

late
in the day
I'll sometimes
pull random guestimates
out of my ass
and throw
the stink
their way

they
just want
to hear something
and seem satisfied
not knowing
the difference
anyway

but
this guy's
a past customer
so I tell him
that I'll take
a good look
in the database
and get back
to him

tomorrow
of course

he's grateful
for the seriousness
granted
and
is gone

it's
a crazy job
at times
and is
a perfect place
for a person
of similar
ilk

11 ½
years
of answering
these calls
and emails
have created
a disturbed
following
of fellow ferreters
of information
that almost think
I might
know something
that they
don't

sometimes
yes
sometimes
no

it's a fun
game
to play
either way
nevermind
the pay

5:10
and another
call
chimes
deskward

California
this time

talk
to the electronic
me
my West Coast
friends

hasta
mañana
amigos