…which should be round about 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
Tomorrow is my own personal Hell Day. Every month for the last four months, I have been ordered to the small trailer office of the corporate VP, to a meeting in which I must account for my accounts. This delightful invitation is only extended to those Office Managers whose Accounts Receivable Aging is over the acceptable limit. In short, those of us who have billed improperly, collected unsuccessfully and/or pissed off every insurance provider from here to Santa Ana.
I like to think, each month, that this will be the last month that I am blessed with an invitation to A/R Review. My boss/trainer/CorporateConsultant assures me that this time is most probably, quite hopefully, awfully likely the very last time at least at this point in time, that I will make the early morning trek to the little trailer where her boss and mine, sits behind a behemoth of a desk, one hand furiously working her Blackberry and the other tapping a pointed pen on the pages before her.
She’s a tiny woman, this VP who terrifies me. Tiny but tough. Damn good at what she does, and in all honestly, mostly fair. She doesn’t like long explanations, hates excuses and despises being lied to. A small wooden plaque behind her desk reads “Put your big girl pants on and deal with it.” That plaque is quite possibly, the only thing, that kept me from curling up last month in a ball on the floor of her office, and weeping like a baby.
this time I am more and less prepared, which is to say that the accounts we dredged through over the last few months are in order and the accounts we didn’t tackle then, are now questionable. Truth is, I can deal with the devil at the door, and each month, that devil changes up on me.
But by tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the fat lady will have sung and I’ll be fighting my way for highway space headed North…and one way or another, I’ll have survived the interrogation in that tiny little office in that motherfucker of a town and I will be (for at least another twenty-eight days) free.