A Coworker: I have X document that I’ll be sending your way right now. It’s pretty urgent.
Me: Oh, yeah?
Coworker: Yeah, it’s 4 pages long. Just needs a “bit” of formatting.
Me: Define: “a bit”.
Coworker: Well it’s in Times New Roman, and you’ll have to make the equations separately. A few diagrams that I made in VisualPro. Oh, yes. And: I’ll need you to tack on a page at the end. They’re my notes on the application.
Me: So, a lot.
Coworker: I did write clearly though.
Me: So a four page datasheet, with equations and diagrams? And a part that isn’t even typed yet nor faced any formal review before. With review, you’re looking at a minimum of a week. Sorry.
Coworker: You can’t just whip it together?
Me: *ignoring that*… I can “whip” my part together, sure. I leave for a week’s vacation in 2 days, though.
Coworker: Best get to work then.