The last page: When time isn’t money

It’s all relative

Q. So Shenika — your mother is sisters with Shenika’s mother?
A. No, sir.
Q. Your mother is brothers with Shenika’s dad.
A. No, sir.
Q. You tell me what the connection is.
A. My dad’s sister is Shenika’s mom.
Q. I totally missed it. So your dad is brothers with Shenika’s dad.
A. Mom.
Q. All right. I’ll get it right in a minute.
Sherry Ruschell, RMR, CRR
Canton, Ga.

Timing is everything
Q. Were you present when she passed away?
A. It was questionable.
Q. What do you mean by that?
A. I don’t know.
Q. Do you have an understanding that you were present when she passed away?
A. I honestly don’t know.
Q. Do you understand that at some particular point she passed away?
A. Yes. Oh, yes.
Q. At the time that she is said to have passed away, were you with her?
A. I don’t know if she was passed away when I was with her or not. I’m being totally honest with you. It’s not clear.
Q. Did you think you were with her before she passed away or after she passed away?
A. I guess when she passed away.
Q. I wasn’t trying to ask a trick question. I understand that you don’t know if she passed away when you were there, but when you were in the room, did you have an understanding when you walked in that she was alive, or did you have an understanding that she had already passed away?
A. That she had already passed away.
Carol Jackson Schillberg, RPR
Stoughton, Mass.

A matter of perspective
Q. Are you married?
A. Nope.
Q. Ever?
A. Yup.
Q. How many times?
A. Once.
Q. How did that marriage end?
A. Good.
Q. How did it end?
A. Good.
Q. It ended good?
A. Yeah.
Q. Okay. Did it end in divorce?
A. It ended in divorce. That doesn’t mean it was bad.
Q. Okay. I didn’t say it did.
A. Well, you said it ended good like you was presuming it was bad.
Q. Well, I’ve asked that question probably for 13 years and I’ve never got “good” for an answer, so that’s —
A. It’s good. Good. Parted as friends, like we are today.
Q. Fantastic.
Michele L. Fontaine, RPR
Leicester, Mass.
How advertising works
A. Safeway is primarily a grocery store.
Q. How about Chick-fil-A? What does Chick-fil-A do?
A. They encourage everybody to eat more chicken.
Q. That’s right, the cows do.
A. They pay the cows.
Therese Casterline, RMR, CRR
The Colony, Texas
We’ll never be royals
Q. Can you please read Mr. Smith’s e-mail to you, sir, dated November 4, 2011?
A. “Dear Mr. Wellington.”
Q. That’s a distinguished name.
A. But he didn’t put “Duke” in front of it.
Elizabeth A. Tubbert, RPR
Southfield, Mich.
What it is
Mr. Smith: It’s not contrary.
Ms. Jones: It is.
Mr. Smith: It’s not.
Ms. Jones: Very much.
Mr. Smith: It’s not.
Ms. Jones: It is.
Mr. Smith: Okay.
Ms. Jones: It is very much so.
Denyce Sanders, RMR, CRR
Houston, Texas
Once and done
A labor and delivery nurse who is also a flight nurse was deposed.
A. Our missions were usually within the state of New Mexico, and if they’re within 150 miles, that was a rotor transport, or a rotor mission. Beyond 150 miles is usually fixed-wing, depending on the sending hospital and what their facilities look like. You can land that helicopter on that road or on the dirt, but you can’t land that fixed-wing in the dirt. I mean, you can land it once in the dirt, but then you can’t use it again, so…
Mary Seal, RDR, CRR
Albuquerque, N.M.
Everyone is awesome
Q. Well, what did he tell you about me?
A. You’re awesome.
Q. Well, I doubt that he said that. My wife doesn’t even say that.
MR. SMITH: Just for the record, John is blushing now —
MR. JONES: It’s a rare occasion.
MR. SMITH: — and I might be too.
Chelsey A. Horak
Omaha, Neb.