Transcript of 91st Session between Charles Balis, M.D. and Ms. Anna Green, Thursday, August 20, 1998 at 4:00 pm.

Ms. Green: Hello, Doctor Balis.
Dr. Balis: How are you doing, Anna?
Ms. Green: A bit better physically.
Dr. Balis: That's good. Are you getting enough sleep?
Ms. Green: More or less. I guess it's better. Don't I look better?
Dr. Balis: Well...
Ms. Green: Thanks.
Dr. Balis: Don't take offense, Anna. I'm concerned about you.
Ms. Green: I know, thanks.
Dr. Balis: How are you doing otherwise?
Ms. Green: Emotionally?
Dr. Balis: Yes. How are you feeling?
Ms. Green: Well, Martin came by to see me.
Dr. Balis: Really? What did he want?
Ms. Green: Well, he apparently broke up with his girlfriend.
Dr. Balis: And he thought he should tell you about it?
Ms. Green: You don't like him, do you, Doctor Balis?
Dr. Balis: It's not...
Ms. Green: That's all right, you don't have to like him.
Dr. Balis: What did he want of you?
Ms. Green: He never actually came out and said it, but it sounded like he really missed me.
Dr. Balis: I bet.
Ms. Green: It was flattering, actually. He came by my office and invited me for a cup of coffee. I said okay--there didn't seem to be a need to treat him with hostility. And frankly, I thought he was going to talk about Kathy. I haven't heard anything more about the investigation than what I told you last week, and I thought it would be fun to compare notes.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Ms. Green: So we went across the street to Starbucks. He said that he didn't have any information about the case. He thought that what my dad found out was interesting, but that's not why he wanted to see and speak with me.
Dr. Balis: Yes?
Ms. Green: He said that he was very sorry for what happened between us. He said that it's not what he had hoped for. He said that I was right about Kathy and he should have listened to me.
Dr. Balis: That's all well and good, but it's a bit too late, isn't it?
Ms. Green: Yes, but it was good to hear. He felt like he had really blown it. He said that I was the best thing that had happened to him and he had just botch the whole thing up.
Dr. Balis: Why was he telling you all this?
Ms. Green: I asked that, too. He said that he thought I should know how he really feels. He told me that he loved me.
Dr. Balis: Now or then?
Ms. Green: I don't really know.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Ms. Green: He wasn't trying to push himself back on me. It wasn't about that. It all felt more like an apology. And I told him that, in retrospect, I did a lot of thing that were harmful to our relationship, too. I should have been more assertive about my needs.
Dr. Balis: Yes, and?
Ms. Green: He asked if we could be friends.
Dr. Balis: Do you think you can be?
Ms. Green: I told him that I didn't know if we could be friends. I think I basically forgave him--it was mostly Kathy's involvement and manipulation that put an end to our relationship. But I now know that it wouldn't have worked out in the long run anyway.
Dr. Balis: Hmm. And did you tell him that?
Ms. Green: It wasn't a good time. Plus, while I might have sort of forgiven him, I haven't forgotten all the pain that I had to go through...that I'm still feeling sometimes. Anyway...
Dr. Balis: How did you feel after talking with Martin?
Ms. Green: It was good. It put a few things into perspective. It made me see that I wasn't the only one hurting--he suffered, too. And that was good to know. I felt like he put high value on the time we had together. Bill never did that--he never came to me after we broke up and tried to...well, he never tried to make me feel better about the time we spent together.
Dr. Balis: So did you make any plans to get together with Martin in the near future?
Ms. Green: No. But he has been coming to my office every day for the last few days.
Dr. Balis: And what does he want?
Ms. Green: Nothing, really. He told me what they are working on up there in the Future Technologies department.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Ms. Green: Apparently, SII is developing these chips that can be implanted into a human body, and that can improve some of the interface issues between computers and their human masters.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Ms. Green: I can tell that you're really interested in this topic, so I'm going to tell you all about it. They've done this experiment where they took one of the people from the department and implanted this small chip into his upper arm. Since the whole SII building is wired, the guy was able to open doors, and start up his computer, load his favorite applications, and control the lights in the building, all without having to manipulate anything manually. It was like, "Hello, Dave. How are you today, Dave? You've got e-mail, Dave."
Dr. Balis: Sounds very interesting.
Ms. Green: It's great. They only did this for ten days, because after that, the implant becomes accepted by the body and it becomes much harder to take it out. Since that was only a prototype, they didn't want to experiment any further. But in a few months, they'll have a brand new model, and they'll implant that one for a whole year. Martin said that they think they might have a product ready for market by the year 2000. That would be really cool, don't you think?
Dr. Balis: Perhaps. But I think it's just as easy to open doors using door handles...
Ms. Green: Oh, you have to think much bigger than that, Doctor. Martin said that they have a slew of applications on their drawing boards. And I could become part of their development team if I want.
Dr. Balis: Really?
Ms. Green: Well, I told you that once the product is developed, I feel like the best part of the job is over. All I do now is take care of customization of SIIMole for a bunch of boring insurance companies and banks. I like being in the development phase. I function better. I'm happier. And I think I can contribute more.
Dr. Balis: So you're really interested in this job?
Ms. Green: I think so.
Dr. Balis: And Martin would help you get it?
Ms. Green: He said that he would be happy to.
Dr. Balis: I see. And you would have to be working closely with him, right?
Ms. Green: Well, not necessarily. They are gearing up for a large group of developers. I would be part of a team of something like thirty programmers. Martin and I would certainly see each other more, but...
Dr. Balis: Do you feel like Martin might be manipulating you into getting back together with him?
Ms. Green: I don't think so. I think he knows that ultimately we were not a good match. We had fun, but it wouldn't have gone anywhere even if Kathy was not part of the equation.
Dr. Balis: I think you should be very clear on this point with Martin. If you plan on working closely together, you'll need to carefully explain your feelings and make sure that Martin harbors no hopes of rekindling a romantic relationship with you.
Ms. Green: I can do that, I guess. But I don't think there's much need. I think I was clear about that already.
Dr. Balis: But Martin will be doing you a favor by helping you transfer into his department, right?
Ms. Green: Yeah, but I don't think...I guess I can talk with him again.
Dr. Balis: Good.
Ms. Green: So overall, this week has been better than the one before.
Dr. Balis: Do you feel that way because of your conversations with Martin?
Ms. Green: Maybe, but I'm not sure I want to give him that much credit. I think it has more to do with being left alone and not having the police torment me day after day. Also, I like the idea of not having to move soon. I just want some time to myself now, and the professor and his wife will probably give me all the space I need in the foreseeable future. How long do you think this investigation and then the trial will go on?
Dr. Balis: I have no idea.
Ms. Green: I figure I'm safe until next Summer or so. So I can relax. I'm planning on going on vacation with my parents. That should be very nice.
Dr. Balis: When are you planning on going?
Ms. Green: Well, probably not until January--my dad teaches a class this semester. But I'm still looking forward to that. And I'm really excited about this new job prospect. It's everything I want, and I'll be still working for the same company. I might even get a raise, too, if this happens. So life is getting better, Doctor.
Dr. Balis: I'm glad. All right, Anna, our time is up. I'll see you in a week.
Ms. Green: All right. Oh, I'll be gone the week after next--the Seybold conference is in town and I'm going to that.
Dr. Balis: That's not a problem. When is it?
Ms. Green: The part I'm going to is the first week of September.
Dr. Balis: All right.
Ms. Green: See you next week.
Dr. Balis: Goodbye, Anna.
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