She calls with something specific to say, but--all I needed to know was when, how many, but--it appears that my answering machine and the unstructuredness of the whole situation do her in.
Hi, Acton and Ekim, this is Connie, and--it's approximately 5:30 pm on Monday, and I do apologize for not calling you earlier. And of course my good wishes go out to both of you. About the meeting, as you know, you have plenty of people--Jodi, Candy, Maureen, Lisa [too many to catch, and I'm not listening again!].........will be coming, and they will indeed gather at X'oclock, and you may not know Maureen, but she's been involved for many years, maybe you'll get to ask her about her experiences. My last experience at meeting was......[I can't believe how fast she talks!]....and it was interesting.........[I'm lost, now].............oh, let me back up a bit and mention that I met another group of people at.....[OMG].....and you may indeed meet them and if you do, if they come back, then we may all be introduced and they are students--well, most of them are indeed students of psychology, except for..[Hello, I don't know these people!]........oh, and then the rain came down in a significant fashion [This is an outdoor gig], but I still got to talk to Lisa, and.........when you have time, Acton, I do want you to call and tell me about your experience this week...Oh, and when you call people to remind them about the meeting, just to make that easier for you, let me point out that I've already reminded Lisa, since she's previously emailed me about it and asked which day we needed her, and oh, Mary doesn't need a reminder, of course, and--Lucille won't forget, but I always leave her a phone message anyway. As you know, I'm sure, Lucille doesn't have email....
BEEP: THE MACHINE CUTS CONNIE OFF AT THIS POINT
So, Connie called back to leave another message, and this time, Ekim decided to dash for the phone, and since she had someone to talk to, Connie actually cut to the chase and told him when she needs me to help out and how many people will be there.
When I call her back, I will just not be able to match her words. It's fascinating, how much she finds to say--and she really is a busy woman with a serious career. I don't know how she does it, and so I'll just call and say a few words because--I'm so not worthy.