|Posted by selma1926 on March 23, 2011 at 4:50 PM|
Life is full of surprises. Following a lovely trip to Paris (strictly business...), someone calls me this morning in the office.
"Mr RIMAUD?" says a profound voice with a strong American accent.
"Mr Troup, from Norske Veritas Oslo. I understand you are concerned with Selma, is that right?" My blood rushed to my head.
"Yes, Sir. I am looking for the original drawings. Would you have them, by any chance?"
"As a matter of fact I do, there are right in front of me."
Holy smokes! Finally.... after looking for them everywhere.
"That's great news, would you be in a position to make a copy and send them to me?"
"This may cost you dear, my friend. There is a handling fee of about 4,000... Norwegian Krone, which makes it... as there are two copies.... close to EUR900."
"That's ok, I can pay..." even if that's quite a sum for two pieces of paper...
"But sir, tell me, are you based in France?"
"As a matter of fact, I am"
"Well, this must be your lucky day..." What does it have to do with it?
"You see, I am a football fan and a Chelsea supporter, and there are quite a few French players in the Chelsea team.... so especially for you, I'm going to send you those copies absolutely free."
"This is great, very kind of you, I really appreciate."
"Where are you from, you do not sound very Norwegian."
"I'm actually from Chicago."
"City of Wind..."
"Yes, from windy Chicago."
"Are you a sailor?"
"No, I'm not. African Americans are not keen sailors."
"Well, thank you very much for that, sir."
"Have a great day and thank you for your email, I just got it."
"Thank you, Goodbye."
I immediately shot an email to Bruno with the headline 'Finally!'.
To which, he replied: "YES!".
Thank you, Mr Troup.