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"It started when he read about how the hourly rate some lawyers are charging..."
"That is correct, I work by the hour."
"Well, yes...my hourly rate might seem a bit exorbitant...but, hey... you ain't my first rodeo."
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'He's into reality therapy -- he starts by giving you his hourly rates.'
'I know I'm your father, but I'm also your attorney and these father-son talks are considered billable hours.'
"I donate to your space research hoping you find a lower wage work force."
'I only make $8 an hour, but fortunately, since they cut my hours, the job doesn't take up much of my time.'
'Look at yourself, Johnson - your desk is a mess, you're behind on your work and your attitude stinks. I'm starting to think you don't appreciate the $4 an hour we're paying you.'
"Well, I'll be darned...the world didn't end after all."
"I can either charge you a large flat fee, or I can tinker on an hourly basis."
"Now tell me your legal problem very slowly, with every detail, no matter how irrelevant. Feel free to digress, babble and, especially, backtrack."
'Do you believe in free speech?'
'My rate's two hundred an hour; sure why not?'
'£300 an hour. You're trying to keep me crazy for as long as possible, aren't you?'
'Let them raise the minimum wage. . .then we can justify downsizing another 50,000.'
'Tell you what I'll do, Mrs. Farthingwaste...'
'Aaah! All haltered and ready for me!...
'Of course I always listen to you! As my wife, you'll even get a discount on my hourly rate!'
"Great idea - 75 minute clock for our hourly employees!"
My definition of 'quality time?'...charging $500 per hour.
"That $36 is for the wrong number you dialed. It belongs to a lawyer."
"If you want me to use you more, maybe change the way you charge?"
"Not all lawyers are blatant money grabbers, Mr. Parfitt, but I am."