The other day I visited the website of my first ECD in the business (from when ECD meant you were in charge of the show.) This particular ECD left the ad business 25 years ago to write TV shows in Hollywood and since then, he's had success as an author of potboiler detective novels.
On his site, I stumbled upon a phrase he used in reference to his career as a TV writer. The phrase was "plummeting upwards."
Just now I got off the phone with the client. It appeared that the client had all hung up the phone, though the green light on the speaker phone was still on.
I almost bitched out the client because it was obvious to me that they had done none of the preparation needed for this meeting.
I almost said something nasty.
I came this close.
Then I realized the client was still on and bit my tongue.
I had almost plummeted upwards.