The salesman's wife, not wanting it known that the home will be empty, explains to the taxi driver: "My husband is just going upstairs to say good-bye to my mother." A few minutes later the salesman gets into the cab.
"Sorry I took so long!" he exclaimed. "That stupid animal was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a two by four to get her to come out! Then I had to wrap her in blanket to keep her from scratching and biting me, or drooling all over my brand new suit. I finally was able to haul her b-u-t-t downstairs and toss her in the backyard! She'd better not scratch the paint off our back door or take a c-r-a-p on the deck again, either!"
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that in order to succeed at sales they need to avoid taking unnecessary risks. For some, the company Christmas party is a time to celebrate the year and cut loose with your co-workers. Often this may lead to an over-consumption of alcohol. That is why it's always best to take a cab to these events. Taking the "fare"way rather than the freeway is a reasonable toll to ensure that death's bell doesn't toll for you.
"There's kind of a toll you have to pay with a cat; if you don't pet her for ten minutes she'll bother you for six hours." - Scott Adams