It's nice to work with nice people. In fact – it's amazing to work with nice people.
Half an hour ago:
I pick up the telephone and dial the number for work.
"Hello there, it's Alistair. I'm afraid I've got a problem on Sunday and I'm not going to be able to get to work on time. It looks like I'm going to be at least an hour late."
"No problem. Get here when you can. Okay?"
No questions, no recriminations, no sound of breath being slowly exhaled and no impression given that when the phone goes down comments would be made behind your back. Just straight to the point and that's it. I know that it will inconvenience at least three people but I also know that they won't mind. You'd do the same for people like that if the shoe was on the other foot wouldn't you?
See you later.