Today's entry at U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer's legal humor blog (taken from the archives of his column for the the Texas Bar Journal) presents the classic scenario of the strategizing one attempts at a court's calendar call. Choosing the perfect moment to let the court and your adversary know you're not ready to proceed is, indeed, an art.
The Court: Okay. Do y'all want a hearing today after 11 then?
Mr. George: No. I'm not ready today your honor.
The Court: Okay. Y'all want to put it off till next Monday.
Mr. Shumate: I can't be ready today either.
The Court: Okay.
Mr. George: Well, then I may be ready.
Have a good weekend.