Is this it, sir? I just draw in the air?
That’s the job. Draw in the air.
Is it always in color?
So most of the time I’ll be drawing in the air in black?
Should I point occasionally?
Good, yes. I like that you’re showing initiative. Keep this up and we’ll get you a much smaller man to look pensively at.
How’s the little man working out for you?
You don’t like him?
No, it’s not that. I just thought he’d be littler.
Littler than that.
A bit. I do feel very pensive around him, though.
Can’t ask for smaller than this, right Dale?
They’re very small, sir. Only…
It’s nothing, sir.
No, go ahead. Are these ones too small?
Oh, no sir, they’re just the right size, only you have to understand, I admire their work ethic but it feels like they’re doing all of the drawing in the air, sir, and all I’ve done is stare pensively.
And the room, sir.
It’s very white, sir.
I’ll see what I can do.
How’s field work treating you, Dale? Fresh air? Cranes? Drawing for yourself again?
About the cranes…
Sir? Hello? I hadn’t heard from you in a while and it’s very high up here, and cold, and I’ve gotten quite a lot of drawing done and I was just wondering when I could stop being in the sky?
I’m sorry, Dale, you’re breaking up a little bit.
I’m sure you weren’t complaining. You’ve never been a complainer.
You’ve done such a good job, Dale. We’re promoting you.
We’re promoting you as high as we can.
They haven’t forgotten me.
It’s probably time for my review soon.
Of course they’ll call.
Just keep drawing.
Just look pensive.
All photos © Can Stock Photo
Apologies to Mallory Ortberg, who does this better than I ever could.
Sorry, guys, but review time is fast approacing, and it’s time Pete Dokter saw what I can do. It’s not selling out if you’re not sure you’ll get a raise, right?