It has been, I think, four or five weeks since I talked to Sean. We tend to talk every day but he’s been busy traveling to Japan and England. Then today I picked up the phone and it was Sean calling, having arrived in New York maybe two hours before. “I was catching up with your blog,” he informed me.
This was news. He doesn’t care about Enron. I didn’t even know he read my blog. After I posted this picture he said he was never going to read it again because he just didn’t want to know what the hell I was saying:
Sean said, “Do you know a guy named Greg Whalley?”
I nearly screamed. In fact, I might have screamed. Okay, I screamed. “How do you know Greg Whalley?” I demanded.
Then he told me a story of such crazy serendipity that it left me dazzled and dazed. When he was leaving for Tokyo, he yanked his suitcase out of the closet and a wheel popped off, so he used an older one that had all the requisite parts, including wheels. The morning after he arrived in Tokyo, he was looking for his hotel card key so he could leave the hotel and he unzipped a compartment in his case, thinking he might, for some reason, have thrown it in there. His fingers brushed something, he grabbed it and pulled up a business card for one Greg Whalley of Enron Corporation.
It had been in that case for at least ten years. I have begged him to mail it to me, and he says he will drop it in the post on Monday. Meanwhile, there is a story behind how Sean ended up with Greg Whalley’s business card. However, he doesn’t know what it is. He says he has no memory of meeting with anyone from Enron. He says that the name “Ken Rice” sounds familiar – which might make sense if he was dealing with Whalley because they were both traders. But he draws a blank when I ask for names and dates and places.
How could any mortal forget anything to do with Enron? It is impossible! I have to send Sean to a hypnotist or something, because somebody has to go into his brain and bring out the ore. I must know the story of how he came into possession of Greg Whalley’s business card. I will feel completely ripped off and incomplete if I don’t know it. It can not be allowed to die.