Client (email): I have some questions about the contract that may require some changes — how late are you going to be at the office?
Me (email): I have to leave the office at 6:30pm, but I’ll probably be back online around 7:30pm or so.
[Client calls at 6:00pm]
Client: Please do NOT feel like you need to stay late tonight to work on this. No reason to log in from home on a Friday night on my account! It’s totally okay if you get this back to me tomorrow morning.
[We discuss the contract. Client pointedly notes my “value adds” on a couple of issues (suggesting that I added no value on the other issues — despite the fact that I restructured the whole document in a way that he didn’t know was possible in order to achieve his desired result)]
Client: Thanks again for your help with this — have a GREAT weekend! I’ll watch for the revised draft to come sometime before midday tomorrow.
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Because, really, who cares if you have to work on Saturday as long as you get Friday night off? That’s always been my definition of a “GREAT” weekend.