Having not heard from Ken yet that morning, I decided to give him a call.
He picked up immediately but I heard gravel in his voice.
“Did I wake you up?” I asked.
“Did you not see my email?” he asked in return.
My inbox had been empty all morning. I brought Outlook to the front, and, sure enough, there was an email from Ken saying he was calling in sick.
The timestamp on the email was 7:22 AM.
According to my system clock, it was currently 7:21 AM.
I resisted the urge to say, “You mean the email you’re going to send in a minute?” and just apologized for waking him and got off the phone to let him rest.