Do you have late comers at work? By late comers, I mean who are usually off by an hour from the normally accepted time. The kind of people who silently come in, discreetly sit down and then get up to greet everyone. I am glad about this French custom of greeting everyone with a handshake in case it is between males and kiss on the cheek or a handshake when it is between opposite sexes or two females. Everybody knows when someone is late.
The Pretty Young Thing(PYT) is a notorious late comer especially in a team where the majority show up well before 9:30 am. I don't mind--not because for the reasons you might being thinking. She is not only pretty but also efficient, assertive and results oriented. For all the good traits, I can overlook the late appearances.
The PYT also tries to be apologetic about her late appearances by stating the reasons. The need to be apologetic arises from neither the reporting structure at work nor my frantic phone calls and SMSes to remind her about morning meetings. The need arises because I am older than her by many years. To massage my ego, I am forgetting the term "father figure".
Today, PYT had a unique reason to be late. It is the time difference problem. As a result, she reported very late to work. No, we have not turned our clocks for daylight savings. Instead, it had to do with what she did during the weekend. She went to Morocco to visit her family. She came back and didn't switch the cellphone back to Paris time. So she arrived to work at Moroccan time. That is fine with me. She is leaving work today at Moroccan time too.
Footnote: I request the reader not to find loopholes in her narrative. Sometimes, it is better to play along.