I am working with a partner on a pro bono case at school. We are writing a document that will be submitted to a court and while initially we had a lot of time to do it, the SS has slowly eaten away at that cushion. This past week or so, I've pretty much hit my breaking point.
A revised draft was due right after our long weekend. We decided to meet on the Saturday morning before the due date at 10 am. I get up at 8, I'm ready by 8:30 and then Ring! Text message from SS - "Hey, I'm going fishing today so go ahead and go back to sleep. We'll do it later" Too late for that as I am tired but awake, and now I'm angry because I left an important event early the night before to make sure I was ok to get up and work this morning. The night before the due date, SS has not contacted me to reschedule, but really we can work separately so I figure it isn't a big deal. On my way to the office to finish up the document and turn it in, I text him asking about which file I should combine with my own & whether he was ready for me to turn in the document and he replies: "Yeah, I'm really drunk right now. You'll have to use your best judgment." Well I check the documents and whaddya know - He hasn't made ANY revisions or done any of the other tasks he was supposed to do. I stay up late trying to do the best I can even though his section is not really in my area of expertise and try to turn it in the next morning.
Supervisor realizes that SS hasn't even read the revisions I made let alone revised his section on his own and gives it back to us saying, okay why don't you guys try again so that I get a document that both of you are ready for me to read. New due date is in 2 days. SS indicates to me that he's sure this won't take long at all and that he'll be working on it the next day. Come the morning of the due date, I contact him again asking if I should turn in the document or if he is at the office to do it. No response. I go in and check and again, he hasn't made any changes!
I start fixing it myself in the 2 hours I have left while trying to contact him with no success. Then I turn it in and of course the Supervisor is not happy that I'm the only one who revised it. So I get scolded. SS finally responds to me at the end of the day - "I was out on another case and forgot my phone at home. Guess you don't realize how much you need your cell until you don't have it." Well he was out with another student who is in the same program as us and DID have her cell phone. But really, there's no need to contact me and let me know that I need to do his share of the work as well as my own right?