I saw this one on Sunday in the paper. Right now this definitely is what I am going through with one client. The only way I can talk to them is when I'm hammered. Unfortunately I haven't been able to sneak out and get a drink before I have to talk to them on a telecon.
My favorite is when they ask to collect all the monitor metrics and report on them. When you try to explain that that will clog the pipe with extra traffic and skew the 'real' transaction & other performance metrics they get a look of deer in headlights.
You don't win popularity contests doing what we do, especially with the marketing people.
Strangely enough, one of the features the senior managers, where I am currently working, like about me is that my care factor is 0. I do my job professionally, but I really don't care about the out comes of any Test Programmes I run, just the accuracy of the information. I have a picture of a monster fish I caught as my PDA wallpaper.... reminds me of what I really like to do.
There is a saying I got told many years ago that has stuck in my brain:
"A T#rd is a T#rd no matter what colour you try to paint it"
Not sure how you communicate that concept to a deer with lights in its eyes, it may take a while for it to sink in.