You'd probably get an image in your head if we told you we saw the president of General Motors preparing to meet with the head of North American operations at the company's Renaissance Center aerie overlooking the Detroit River.
High-level stuff, that is. You'd expect a busy shuffling of nervous aides and clerical staff. Giant briefing books and sheafs of top-secret documents would probably be involved.
But when a group of Automotive News staffers emerged from GM North America President Alan Batey's office following an interview last week, we were taken aback.
There, sitting by himself in the waiting area, was GM President Dan Ammann, patiently waiting for his turn to huddle with Batey.
Twiddling his thumbs, as it were.
There was no entourage, just Ammann, tieless and paperless, looking as though he were waiting to have the brakes aligned on his car.
"Well, well, well," said Ammann when he spotted the reporters, "what did he tell you?"
We couldn't resist.
"Future product plans," said one of our guys.