Insurance adjusters typically have a love hate relationship with being out of the office, and I've been out of the office quite a bit lately. In fact, between time off, computer failures and attending mediations, I've only been IN the office about 5 days for the entire Month of October. That's serious when it typically takes about 2 days to recover from every day you spend out of the office in this business. In just the past 10 business days, I've gone to mediations 6 times. Some of which were a complete surprise to me as my inbox overfloweth. Yes, I'm completely screwed.
Among mediators, as with other professions and industries, some are better than others. One thing that almost all mediators try to do is to create a comfortable environment and provide snacks and drinks to their captives...I mean clients. Mediators actually have no power to force people to do anything, but they've learned that adjusters with low blood sugar get cranky and put a serious dent in their settlement percentages.
At Tuesday's mediation, my attorney and I had just had an awesome lunch at Chuy's Tex Mex. We waddled into the mediator's office for our afternoon mediation and were greeted by the above pictured 2 foot square bowl of chocolate and sundry snacks. Now, I have been accused of having a sweet tooth, and I have a well documented love affair with chocolate. However, at that particular moment with Chuy's Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken still making a valiant effort to convince my brain that my stomach was full, I could not bear the thought of another morsel of food. Not even for chocolate. Had it been a plate full of fresh baked cookies, that'd be a different story. But, you have to draw the line somewhere.
Then my attorney said, "Hey, look. It's a salad for fat people."
After I finished laughing, my brain started arguing with my stomach.
Stomach - Salads are healthy, right?
Brain - It's chocolate, stupid.
Stomach - But, it's a salad.
Brain - No, it's not.
Stomach - I'm hungry. Can I have some salad?
Brain - No, you're not; and, no, you can't. We just ate.
Stomach - How about just a little bite?
Brain - No
Stomach - Yes
Brain - No
Stomach - No
(Mmmm [smack, lick], this is good)
Brain - Yes....hey, wait a minute.
It was some good salad.