– Hey James, what day did we say we were going to the bookstore?
– I think I told you that we would go together on Tuesday
– Ok. Thanks for reminding me. I nearly forgot
…You do realize that today is Tuesday. Are you still free to go the bookstore with me?
– Yes, sure. I’m ready to go
…I just needed to check with you to see when we plan to go. That’s all
– Before we go though, I need you to clarify these numbers with me
…Have a look at the third column
…Tell me if you think the export estimations are right
– Yes, they are. They seem to be correct
…If we’re expecting a 20% increase in export volume from 200 thousand tons a year then your calculation of 240 thousand tons a year is right on
– I thought so
…I just wanted you to have a look at it to make sure that I hadn’t made any mistakes
– Can you take a look at the car allowance also?
– Yeah. These look good too
…See, if we have 7 managers and the allowance is $15000 a year and your calculation of $105000 a year is right
– OK. One last one for you
– Our total company social contribution is 1% of our net profit
– That’s right. Do you think we should increase it?
– I think there’s no need for that
– Hey are you feeling ok?
– I’m fine. Maybe I’m still a little bit tired
…All these numbers are making me feel very confused
…I’m really afraid that I might make some errors
– You do look a little pale
…Why don’t you go and take a rest while I meet with Sue?
– That would be a good idea
– Then if this meeting goes well
…We won’t have to worry about working with numbers so much and we can focus on more important things
– That would be so nice