Here in the mail is a returned letter.
I met the Managing Director, Head of Marketing & Planning, took him to lunch, discussed this and that; friendly and cheerful fellow.
Last week I mailed a letter.
This week it was returned, “Moved”
I know what that means; he’s gone. Fired or got-a-better-job.
But lost to me, because invariably if I phone to see where he’s gone, the switchboard answers “We don’t have a phone number for him”.
Companies cut ties, and cut them well.
In the past I’ve shrugged, and deleted the record from my contacts list.
But today I phone back
His voice-mail carries his cheerful voice. He is still there!
Could it be just that I have the wrong address? Or that he has switched floors and the Post office has a problem with going to another floor?
I left a voice-mail asking for an updated postal address.
Another one that won’t slip through the net!