January 30, 2013

Fearing an Executive Outcome

I had a strange sales lead today. A fellow I shall call Mr. X, for the sake of propriety. His company was noted as Executive Outcomes. Based in a small town in Texas, lest I impart too much information.

Executive Outcomes, if you will recall, was the notorious South African mercenary outfit who participated in some rather strident work in Angola and Sierra Leone, among other places. Ex-soldiers out of a job after apartheid ended. I can't speak for them or their work, other than to say they ultimately dissolved in 1998 under some intense international scrutiny.

And yet I have this guy's name and phone number on my desk. A distinctly Boer name. So I gave him a ring. He answered on the first ring with a gruff "What?" I introduced myself and stated the nature of my business. "You got the wrong place," he muttered, and hung up. I didn't even get to explain the incredible benefits of IP telephony.

Now this is consuming me. I'm going to call him back in two weeks with a completely different sales pitch. How's business? Hiring? How are the accommodations? I don't like bed lice. Is your next patron black or white? Corporate security or palace assault? Just curious.

I always block my number before a phone call. I don't think he can find me. But I reckon he just might, and I'd rather reach out and flunk an interview than check under my hood for the next three months. I stirred a fucking bloodletting Afrikaaner. Hiding in Texas. What are the odds?

The first thing I need to do is find out who slipped this my way. Because that ain't too cool.

Posted by Velociman at January 30, 2013 7:35 PM

"Executive Outcomes reportedly has a web of influence in Uganda, Botswana, Zambia, Ethiopia, Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa."

and now Texas - simple as that

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Posted by: PeggyU at January 31, 2013 4:26 PM

Vman, I can have a crew in Texas real soon.
We need a little practice.

Posted by: Skip at February 1, 2013 3:17 AM

If the guy starts sending you nutty photoshops, there's a clue right there.

Posted by: Elisson at February 1, 2013 10:13 AM

The first thing I need to do is find out who slipped this my way. Because that ain't too cool.


Who'd you piss off lately?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 2, 2013 8:35 PM

Having endured the opening conversations which may ultimately lead to becoming footloose, and, either with no hearth, or, too much unused heart, I hope you kept that number. I might have to fall back on basic skills long forgotten in order to keep navel from scrubbing backbone. Wonder if they are hiring door greeters like at Wally World.

Posted by: kdzu at February 3, 2013 3:54 PM

Elisson you think anyone can send "nutty". Naw you have to be trained for a looong time to do that.
Vman you misheard the "What?" it was "Wat?" (die fokken moer) is silent but there none the less.

Posted by: Nutty Girl at February 8, 2013 2:33 PM

"We need a little practice"
Skip, if what Vman wrote is factual, yes you do.

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Well...let's hope they start with a clean up/payback op in Kenya as there is a certain family over there that needs it's genomes removed from the planet. Then swing thru Hawaii for a few pop and goes then sail meerily up the Potomac and meet with Joe on gun control which only means how tight of a group can one anchieve with one's favorite big iron. Sichern und Laden as the Rhodesian SAS used to say....

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