Dream of: 11 September 2006 "Unexpected Resignation"

I had hired Alcorn to work for me in my law office. Other people were also working in the office and we were all at a meeting in the law office. Alcorn and I were sitting at some tables which were arranged in the shape of a square "U." Standing in the space at the top of the U was a woman who was in charge of the office. She also seemed a bit like a teacher. She had brown skin and looked as if she might be from India. I liked the woman -- she seemed a bit like a mentor for us, although I didn't work for her. I worked for myself. 

Alcorn was sitting on one side of the U (to the woman's left) and I was straight across from him, looking at him. Another lawyer was sitting beside me and a lawyer was also sitting beside Alcorn. We also had some assistants sitting with us.

Alcorn was dressed casually in blue jeans and a short-sleeved red shirt. He was reading a comic book. I had given him some work to do and I knew he had probably finished the work, but I was surprised to see him reading comics, especially since I was paying him by the hour.

When the meeting ended, I called Alcorn out into the hall, and I blurted out that I wasn't going to be able to continue paying him if he were just going to be reading comics. He seemed insulted. He told me that he quit and he walked off.

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The following day I was driving a car toward Dallas. Carolina was sitting in the front passenger seat. I was having trouble driving. It was dark outside and several times cars came to sudden stops in front of me. I almost hit one. A car hauling a small trailer had pulled off the side of the road and apparently was causing much of the problem. After we had passed the broken-down car, I began telling Carolina about what had happened with Alcorn. I told her I hadn't intended to fire Alcorn, that I had only wanted to take him out into the hallway and explain to him that I couldn't pay him if he were gong to read comics on the job. I expressed my dismay to Carolina that Alcorn had simply quit like that, because I could have used him.

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