INTERESTING AND CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS
Having no credibility with my family makes for interesting and challenging conversations. I have no credibility with them because they do not approve of my life in the arts. What I say means nothing to them.
Recently a collection agency called my nephew looking for a Gary Johnston. My nephew contacted me and I told him that it was a mistake because I have never given his telephone number to anyone or any organization. I told my nephew to disregard any future calls. He was satisfied with that, and I thought the matter ended. But my nephew had also contacted my brother, his father. My brother called me demanding to know why a company called his son looking for me.
“I don’t know why,” I said. “I have never given your son’s telephone number to anyone.”
“But they called him looking for Gary Johnston,” said my brother. “Why would they call him?”
“I told you that I don’t know why. It’s the wrong Gary Johnston. It’s a mistake.”
“But they called him looking for you,” said my brother.
“I know they did, but it’s not me. I called them. It’s a collection agency looking for a different Gary Johnston with a different middle name.”
“How do you know that?” asked my brother.
“Did you not hear me? I called the collection agency and it’s a mistake.”
“I know you called them, but I wanna know how you got that information? How do you know it’s a different Gary Johnston? And why would they call my son looking for you?”
As I said, having no credibility with my family makes for interesting and challenging conversations.
By the way, I do owe some people money, but it is not at the collection-agency stage yet.