Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Tales From The Black Hole: 10/31/06

As most young ones are snuggled warm in their beds, little to they realize that every day is Halloween in...


Especially if you like to be punctual, which brings us to the story of Jason Pike, a headhunter with Associated Staffing Systems, who prided himself on fast returns and prompt service. He liked to impress clients by being early, working harder and being the "go to guy."

This Omaha worker was hired to find an executive for a company in Cedar Rapids, and scheduled a meeting for 9:30 a.m. the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 4. Per his routine, he woke at 4:30 a.m., dressed in a sharp suit, grabbed his well-prepared briefcase and prepared to ace yet another client.

His trip began listening to morning radio talk shows on the FM stations, but once he was well inside THE BLACK HOLE OF DES MOINES, the talk shows started to sound strange, as if the announcers had developed a deeper baritone, the music taking a slower timber. Before he knew it, the exit to Cedar Rapids was rolling by his window.

Slamming on the brakes, he took the exit, but still firmly ensconced in THE BLACK HOLE OF DES MOINES, his day was just beginning, literally. When he pulled up to the offices, he exited his car, walked to the door and pulled in a firm, confident manner only to find the door locked. Looking around, he noticed it was still dark outside. He remembered the sun rising, but must have been mistaken. Or was he?

He checked his watch, blinked, and checked again. His clock read 4:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4. He had made the four hour trip in 15 minutes.

Needless to say he made his appointment, though the secretary found it odd, when she arrived to work at 6:40 a.m., to find the only other car in the parking lot sporting Nebraska plates with a man, chuckling to The Bob and Tom Show in his car, by himself.


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