Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - MICHELLE HUR­LEY

Editor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

When I had the idle thought that it would be amus­ing to get some­one to act like a real ar­se­hole for a week and then write about it, I won­dered who could do it. Kim was busy, so I asked Greg*. But when I out­lined the idea to him, his mouth opened in a lit­tle “o”, in much the way a choir boy’s might when asked to nick the holy wine. Then he gig­gled ner­vously. I could tell it ap­pealed, but that also, he was ter­ri­fied. Af­ter a month of ca­jol­ing though, he de­cided he was in. Things didn’t go well to be­gin with. We’re talk­ing about a guy who nor­mally doesn’t even speak at meet­ings, let alone come to them late and an­nounce he couldn’t be both­ered turn­ing up on time. As the week ticked by, I be­gan to de­spair that he’d do any­thing re­ally shitty. “Why don’t you,” I sug­gested, “email the CEO and com­plain about some­thing?” He gig­gled some more. And then he emailed him. It was ba­si­cally an ex­er­cise in tor­tur­ing a nice guy for a week, but I think it might have tough­ened him a lit­tle. For when I came in this morn­ing, the sun was shin­ing and Greg’s blinds were raised. And to find out why that mat­ters, you’ll just have to read the story. * See Greg, that’s how you do it.

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