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IT consultant pilot fish is working for a multinational chemical company, and that translates into some of his internal customers being in Paris -- an ocean away.

"In order to extend our shared workday, since there was a lot of back-and-forth with requirements, I ended up taking the 5 a.m. train into the office," says fish. "They seemed to appreciate my availability.

"But come lunchtime, they were gone. No waiting 10 minutes for results. And I learned not to expect them back in under two hours -- they tended to take long lunches.

"And come 6 p.m. their time -- 1 p.m. my time -- their day was over. Not 6:01, not 6:10, but 6 p.m. exactly.

"It made for some interesting work days, since I had no supervision in the afternoon. It was frustrating in some ways when no one would wait even a few minutes to review results.

"Then again, I imagine they had similar reactions to our work habits."

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