What do you do when you know you're about to screw up someone's plans?
I was there today.
C.I. was dictating the snapshot on one cell phone while juggling the other by taking calls, returning calls and making calls -- and it's really something to watch, by the way -- while other calls came in on Ava's cell phone.
"Okay, okay, I've got all I can do, bye."
That was C.I. agreeing to fit in the last link for the snapshot.
She put her second phone down and started dictating the first paragraph of the snapshot (that's the last thing she dictates in every snapshot).
And the cell she'd placed down was ringing. I grabbed it because Wally had gone off with his grandfather to get something to eat (we had the good fortune to have Wally's grandfather with us this week) and I thought he might be calling (because he'd said he'd call me before they left so I could make a take out order). He hadn't called on my phone so I grabbed C.I.'s phone and it was (as noted in the snapshot) two Iraq War veterans who used to be part of IVAW. They told me they were upset and asked if C.I. had finished the snapshot? I told them to hold on and they were filling me in as I gulp and tug on C.I's sleeve to get her attention.
She was done with the snapshot. It was probably 6:00 pm EST -- or almost that. And I told her she really had to take the call.
She did. She listened. She asked questions. She gave them thirty minutes of her time and told them she'd find a way to work in some of the points they'd made. She then called her friend back and said, "Pull ___" (a number of things including a Senator Patty Murray press release) "because we've got to make room for something really important." And she worked about 15 minutes on what to pull (5 minutes before doing the new section, 10 minutes after) and then did the the new section. Added a few sentences in other places to lead up to the section. And then her friend tried to send it and it was too big. So that's when she did the ten minutes additional editing.
I think it was important and I'm glad it's in the snapshot because (a) it's important and (b) it adds a take that's not going to get included otherwise.
But I did think, "Should I stop her? Should I just let her say, 'Send it' and then hand her the phone after that?"
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"