John Masterson: It is time for us to talk… face-to-face please

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John Masterson: It is time for us to talk… face-to-face please

I have always loved Curb Your Enthusiasm. In one of my favourite episodes Larry David phones Julia Louis-Dreyfus after 8.30pm in the evening. This is apparently a dreadful faux pas in LA. Julia is slow to forgive or forget and Larry, of course, finds it impossible to back down. Ireland is different. I was recently castigated by someone who woke me at 11.15pm and lectured me for about five minutes that it was a ridiculous time to have gone to bed and that I should be ashamed of myself. I didn’t dare admit that I was already in bed for a full hour on that particular night.

That said, I am conscious of not phoning people at an inappropriate time. Recently, I was doing some work with a young New York-based colleague. I sent a polite text which went “When is a good time to call you?” The reply that beeped its way back read ” Maybe 1960 when phone calls were normal. Email works better.”

NO IT DOESN’T!

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