I'm sitting under a beach umbrella, staring miserably out at the Gulf of Mexico, with sand in places there shouldn't be sand.

I don't have time for this, but my wife insisted. Something about kids and memories and the last summer before the oldest leaves for college. I don't know what the big deal is. He'll be back soon enough. They always come back.

She doesn't know I brought my phone out here. It's on vibrate. With every buzz I'm falling farther behind. Deals are falling apart and every one of my clients is leaving me for the competition. Every. Single. One.

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