I was in the airport VIP lounge en route to Seattle a couple of weeks ago. While in there, I noticed Bill Gates sitting comfortably in the corner, enjoying a drink.
I was meeting a very important client who was also flying to Seattle, but she was running a little bit late.
Well, being a straightforward kind of guy, I approached the Microsoft chairman, introduced myself, and said, “Mr. Gates, I wonder if you would do me a favor.”
“I’m sitting right over there,” pointing to my seat at the bar, “and I’m waiting on a very important client. Would you be so kind when she arrives as to come walk by and just say, ‘Hi Ray’?”
I shook his hand and thanked him and went back to my seat.
About ten minutes later my client showed up. We ordered a drink and started to talk business.
A couple of minutes later I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Bill Gates.
“Hi Ray,” he said.
I replied, “Screw off Gates, I’m in a meeting.”