By Donald Denoon
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When I explained that Garth and I had never seen eye to eye, Father was abashed. To tell the truth, he mumbled, he and Nev Lewis had discussed the issue at the RSL club. After a few beers Nev had suggested that Garth and I ought to get along better, and making him best man would be a great first step. My mad Father had agreed! Even when I put him right about my relationship with Garth he didn’t give up. He pointed out (quite rightly) that I had no other candidate. Once I’d pissed off Garth (to his relief, as he made very clear), I settled for two fellows from the State Treasury.
I had not been as helpless as this since primary school. Distracted by the preposterous conversation with my parents, my frantic thoughts were casting about for explanations. I could imagine only two possibilities. Maybe I was hallucinating, and this was a Wonderland. In that case I was either mad or comatose, but at least I was alive and would soon wake up. That was the optimistic view. I tried not to think about the alternative. Perhaps Santayana was wrong and there was an Afterlife after all.
I can’t put a name to the quality, but there was no room for doubt. ) How to respond to such an overture? I had to play along with the dream, treat it as if this sort of overture was made every day. Perhaps I should act in character in this theatre, as if Gabriel were a normal client? For many years I worked as a management consultant, and for many more years I engaged other consultants and drafted their contracts. As a matter of — no, strike that. In my experience, an unexamined consultancy contract is either a licence to rob the client or an invitation to suck the life out of the consultant.
Afterlife: A Divine Comedy by Donald Denoon