Having not heard from Ken yet that morning, I decided to give him a call.

He picked up immediately but I heard gravel in his voice.

“Did I wake you up?” I asked.

“Did you not see my email?” he asked in return.

My inbox had been empty all morning. I brought Outlook to the front, and, sure enough, there was an email from Ken saying he was calling in sick.

The timestamp on the email was 7:22 AM.

According to my system clock, it was currently 7:21 AM.

I resisted the urge to say, “You mean the email you’re going to send in a minute?” and just apologized for waking him and got off the phone to let him rest.