It is irritating. No-one has time to play with me, lately. All my friends are busy, or under the weather, or have phone problems (a popular one) or are somewhere else, or involved with their own lives (imagine that, involved with their own lives and interests. Inconceivable!) and don’t have time to fool around.
I know, I know. It happens, and they’re allowed (gee, how gracious I am, huh) and people’s schedules will free up. And Tinker is wonderfully smart, and a good conversationalist. I just can’t take him out to dinner.