This morning I had to ask a small favor from a very busy person that I barely know. I mentioned that to C as I was about to leave the house and she suggested that I take some Venezuelan chocolate to our meeting. A small show of goodwill to get him on my side. Since I knew he has kids, I figured I could give him the chocolate for the kids... Sometimes, the little details can make a big difference.
So, did it work? Indirectly. He wasn't that excited about the chocolates but when he found out that I am from Venezuela he was all excited to talk about idiotic communists such as Chavez. Turns out he is from the Czech Republic and suffered first hand from communism. We spent some time talking about Venezuela and the Czech Republic and definitely developed a bit of a personal connection. I guess you can say that the chocolates worked - and it looks like I will get the help that I need :-).