we were furiously comparing notes, making sure we updated the script correctly. one of my colleages said, “i may be being anal here but i think it should say “are going” instead of “went.”
typical writers’ room hash-outing.
i was reminded of a similar situation a few years ago when a finance guy apologized for being anal whilst double checking some numbers in my draft of the Board presentation.
“no, don’t apologize,” i reassured him. “i appreciate the anal.”
there was silence on the other end, and he quickly ended the call.
back in my insurance days i was around a more sober, restrained folk. i venture to say i’d get a different reaction if i said the same thing to the crowd i currently roll with.