Someone I know quite well recently related a story to me about a meeting they had with the big CEO of their company in regards to contracting a third party company. It went something like this:
Friend: (listing the reasons to do business with third party company)
"...And that's why we should contract with them for their services."
Big CEO: "The way I see it, it's like we're the mistress."
(questioning look from Friend)
"We're the mistress. A mistress is sexy, until you get her in bed. Then she's not sexy anymore."
(leaning back and smurking)
"And I like being sexy."