"No, sir. One of the reasons that you only deal with issues on a large-scale basis is that, when the Council of Godsis in session, Earth time is significantly accelerated. A day on Earth takes about 30 minutes of Council time, so,given the slight vagaries of the schedule here, the deities oversee approximately ten Earth years during each of their years."I did some quick math in my head."That doesn't seem to be the most demanding work schedule of all time.""No, sir. The feeling here is that the work is so difficult and stressful that it is important to devote a great deal of time to relaxation and recreation. The Council will generally meet for about 40 hours a week, but takes off one week per month. It is usually grouped so that you will work six or seven weeks in a row, then have two weeks off."I started to protest, but if they could slow down or speed up time as needed, it made a frightening amount of sense. Having not yet performed the duties of a god, or even an apprentice, I couldn't say for sure how stressfulthings were going to be, but I couldn't imagine that being in charge of Earth's food production was going to be alow-key project.But one thing was still bothering me."Jeeves, you keep talking about time in an Earth sense. If we are outside the timestream, why do we have daysand weeks and months and years? For that matter, if we are gods, why do we eat and sleep and take showers andgo to the bathroom? Kaitlyn said we don't age, so why not just work, well '24/7' is a meaningless concept here, but you understand what I mean.""Another excellent question, sir. The theory is one that has developed over the centuries, but seems to be quiteuseful. In order to do your new job well, it is important to retain enough of your own humanity to still feel a bond with the planet and its inhabitants. By eating, drinking, sleeping, reading, partying and engaging in other humanpursuits, you remain attached to the psyche of those you serve."I replayed Jeeves' last comment in my head."That would explain a lot about Christians having trouble with this job.""Sir?""Well, Christians are taught that God created humanity in his own image. Here, the key is that God stays a part of humanity's own image.""Quite right, sir. Very good."I started to say something else, something that I'm sure would have been impressively incisive, but I lost it to atremendous yawn."Sir, might I suggest that we take up the rest of this segment in the morning? It is quite late, and you have only eaten once today. A light snack and some sleep would seem appropriate."I agreed entirely and told him so. My funeral seemed, and I was ashamed of myself for even thinking of it, alifetime ago."What's left for part one, anyway?""Tomorrow, you will get a tour of the facility and its grounds, a chance to explore the recreational facilities, and,of course, you will begin to meet your fellow residents.""Sounds like a full day.""Indeed, sir. Good night, sir."