A freshly minted lieutenant wanted to impress the first private to enter his new office, and he pretended to be on the phone with a general so that the private would know that he was somebody.

“Yes sire, General, you can count on me,” he said as he banged the receiver down. Then he asked the private what he wanted.

“I’m just here to connect your phone, sir.”

Source: John Ortberg, The Me I Want To Be, 2010, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, p.24