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A Challenge Has Been Issued

I am going to tell you a secret.  Something you never would have guessed in a million years — I know this will shock you — but I can be just a bit of a tease.  Every so often — not more than one or two, or maybe ten times per week day — I have to do something to boggle someone’s mind.  It helps keep me sane.

So today, for the very first time, Rye manned the front desk when, Joy, our receptionist went to lunch.  I stopped and looked at Rye.  He looked back at me.  I pointed at Joy’s name plate, then I said, “You know, when Spense does this job, I always call him Joy, but you can’t both be Joy, so I think I will have to call you Spense.”

Rye nodded his head, smiled real big and said, “Okay.”

I frowned at him.  “But I don’t want to call you Spense,” I said.  “Not if it makes you happy.”

Rye shrugged.  “Suit yourself,” he said.

I stared at him some more. He ignored me at first, but finally looked up.  I said, “So, what should I call you?”

He smiled at me.  “Whatever you want,” he said.

I sighed.  “You know,” I said, “You are making this very difficult for me.”

Still smiling, Rye nodded his head.

I nodded my head, too, then went about my business … plotting.


  1. If I remember correctly, Rye is the new kid in the cubicle farm, and hence junior to Spense. I hope, for the sake of (what remains of) his sanity, that he’s been advised not to try too hard to enforce house rules against leaving the office. Lest certain snarky characters (surely not including present company, Shirley) fail to resist temptation:

    “Don’t keep me in, Su(b)Spence!”

  2. I think if you call Spence Joy, then you should call Rye Yoj. Makes perfect sense to me — and it might take him a minute to figure it out.

  3. Andrew — the two of us in one place might put too much stress on everyone else!

    Jientje — too many folks like me and our work wouldn’t get done!

    Gattina — can you say “harassment”?

    Amoeba — my love, I do adore you! I think I will try that one!

    Melli — I just might try this name bckward thing!

    Lisa — hmm, that is brilliant, but all my characters have names either modified from their own, or something similar but not quite their own.

    Amber — it is a burden, but somebody has to do it.

  4. You know, eventually someone’s gonna come along that teases as well as you do and then there will be war. Happy Holidays Quilly!

  5. Juliana — he is a pretty mellow dude.

    Dr. John — I noticed that myself.

    Bill — you seem to be the only one who picked up on that.

    Kat — Promises! Promises! My cousin and I used to have great battles trying to out smart each other!

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