Having just moved into his new office, a pompous new colonel was sitting at his desk when an army recruit knocked on the door.
Conscious of his new position, the colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the army recruit to enter, then said into the phone, “Yes, General, I’ll be seeing him this afternoon and I’ll pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir.”
Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man, he asked, “What do you want?”
“Nothing important, sir,” the new army recruit replied, “I’m just here to hook up your telephone.”