Going Back to Hell (1)

The sales guy wears his sunglasses on the back of his head when he’s not wearing them on his face. He’s got product in his hair, tanned year-round, upper 40s, looks better than me. Doesn’t work as hard.

He rides shotgun and we ride in the back. The small talk starts: what time did you guys have to get up to catch your flight?

He says, there’s only three reasons I get up that early and I can’t say the third in front of a lady. He looks at Donna, who’s driving, and we all chuckle.

We get to their facility, to his lair. I’m in the hands of a seasoned sales guy, everything is smooth, no problem. We talk about fishing, hunting, sports. Story-telling. I fake listening, and nod a lot.

You develop relationships with these kinds of people, you have to if you’re going to hire them, and the reason they’re good sales people is they’re good at being people, even if you don’t like the kind of people they are. They’re good people-people.

I like him for that and I can trust him, to an extent. In some ways I feel like Frodo Baggins, and the ring in my pocket is the other half of his deposit.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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4 Responses to Going Back to Hell (1)

  1. rossmurray1 says:

    “they’re good at being people, even if you don’t like the kind of people they are.” That’s the most generous back-handed compliment I’ve ever heard. Like this.


  2. alesiablogs says:

    As always interesting reading from you!
    Just wanted you to know I am going to be taking a break from the blogging world and I did not want you to wonder. It is for personal reasons but I hope to be back. I will from time to time read your blogs for sure. I feel like your a friend now, but my noninternet world is calling me and I must respond. Best Wishes, Alesia


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