Toby came into the office an hour late for the third time in one week and found his boss Mr. Epstein waiting for him. "What's the story this time, Toby?" Mr. Epstein asked sarcastically. "Let's hear a good excuse for a change."
Toby sighed, "Everything went wrong this morning. My wife decided to drive me to the harbor. She got ready in ten minutes, but then the ferry didn't turn up."
"Rather than let you down, I swam across the river, ran over the mountain, borrowed a bicycle and cycled the 20 miles through the field to this office. "
"You'll have to do better than that, Toby," said Mr. Epstein, disappointed. "No woman can be ready in ten minutes."