Me: Hi, we’re here today to discuss the specs for your proposal to build your Thing.
Unknown Voice: Hi, the regular guy who knows the stuff couldn’t make it, so I’m filling in. He says I know the stuff.
Me: OK, do you know the stuff?
Unknown Voice: No. I’ve been here (I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP) one day, but I’ll be the main contact.
Me: Oh. OK, well maybe we can figure out what to ask the regular guy.
Unknown Voice: Sure. But here’s the deal. I need a quote with a not-to-exceed amount for the assessment, work, and all future work before we look at what we want to build.
Me: Let’s talk to the regular guy.