Sunday, October 28, 2007
When Kinsey calls
I'll return to our tour soon, but I wanted to update you on where things stand with the Kinsey people.
To my amazement, Alfred Kinsey came to the Amalgamated offices on the very day that Greg had Donna tied up. I know this because Lisabet wasted no time in telling me -- the moment Dr. Kinsey left the premises.
Of course, Lisabet thought he was reporter or a federal investigator. This suspicion inspired her to spill her guts to the man.
LISABET: So I don't know who he is and he was very mysterious about who sent him here, but I answered all his questions.
ME: Lisabet, I thought you understood that staff is to refer all visitors to me.
(This is not the first time Lisabet has been all too willing to divulge Amalgamated secrets to strangers. Or nasty, narrow-minded assholes who are looking for reasons to shut my business down and make it an example of God's indignation toward sexual activity outside marriage.)
LISABET: Oh, I'm sure he was fine, although he did take a lot of notes.. It's not like we're doing anything illegal here, are we?
ME: You're lucky this time, Lisabet. Dr. Kinsey is a world-renowned sex researcher and wants to interview me for his next book. What did you tell him?
(At this news, she is visibly disappointed and can barely look me in the eye.)
LISABET: Well, he asked me about the sex acts that occur here in the building and who is engaged in them. He got curious when he saw Donna tied up, I guess. And Greg was massaging her breasts, I think. Anyway, I told him that you're a great boss and that you encourage us to fuck one another whenever we're facing writer's block. And I made sure to tell him your policy about employees who fall in love.
ME: And so he was left with the impression that sex goes on between employees and that I discourage emotional connections.
LISABET: Oh yes. I made sure he understood that Amalgamated reflects your own personal views on relationships.
ME: And where did you get information? I never said that, nor did I give any employee reason to believe it. Lisabet, I really feel you misrepresented me as well as Amalgamated in your disclosures to Dr. Kinsey. Considering that you were never given permission to speak on my behalf, I'm afraid I'm going to have to put you on formal warning. No stories for you for one week. You will assist Chris in whatever administrative tasks he has.
She's furious, of course, but I am beside myself. It wouldn't surprise me if Dr. Kinsey removes me from consideration for his book. I need to get in touch with him immediately if I'm going to save this opportunity. Damn Lisabet.