Here's a conversation I had with Barbara, the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited where I "work" once a week.
"Hey Barbara, did you know you have a genius working for you?"
"Well, I knew Diane and Sandra were pretty smart, but which one are you talking about?"
"Very funny. I need to tell you about my most recent idea."
"I'm not buying a carbon offset from you, if that's what you want."
"No, no. you don't need to buy anything." Barbara looked dubious. "See, I've been wanting to make a new flowerbed in my backyard, but I have to get permission from Teresa first. She has this thing about not wanting to come home and find the entire yard dug up."
"I know, she's weird that way. Anyway, I was outside this afternoon moving the hose around, trying to figure out just the right configuration for my flowerbed, and..."
"Is that why you were late for work?"
"As I was saying before you interrupted, I finally got it right, but there was a problem. It was too big."
"You mean you haven't found enough suckers to buy plants for you?"
"Well, that too, but what I meant was, the bed takes up half the yard. There was no way Teresa was going to approve that. So guess what I did."
"Do I want to know?"
"Yes, because it involves you."
"Oh, Good Lord."
"Please, just call me David. Now I need to give you some background here. Teresa has been wanting a fountain in the garden for a long time, but we haven't really had the money, so she has kind of given up on it for now. So what I did was to walk out in the middle of the bed and say, 'I think we need a centerpiece of some kind here...but I don't know what.' After pausing for dramatic effect, I snapped my fingers. 'I've got it! That fountain Barbara has at the store!"
"What did she say?"
"Well, let's just say that I'm getting a BIG new flowerbed, and you're going to be selling a fountain soon."
"I'm speechless. I'm so accustomed to your schemes costing me money that I don't know what to say."
"How about, 'You've worked so hard lately, you deserve a raise'?"
"I didn't realize you wrote comedy too."