The Friday Five!

Part ducks. Phones, phones, phones and the screw driver lady story.

My sis cracks me up!

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?

I like talking to people in general, although I prefer to do it in person. Phone is the next best thing to a face to face because you can still hear how they are reacting to the conversation and that I find is really important for keeping communication up and going in the right direction. Besides, my mind jumps around too fast for me to keep up with it by writing. Heh – SHINEY!

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?

Alessar. He called me at lunch to see how lunch with TheMan was and if I wanted to do some Tai Chi stretches tomorrow.

3. About how many telephones do you have at home?

That work? Ummm…one go phone, the one with the ring of death upstairs and the one on the wall downstairs (I think that one works), then there is the go phone that was unplugged, the really really old phone knocking around on the shelves upstairs, a bakelite phone I think, the see-through phone if it has come over from the condo, and the plain old black phone, which may or may not have moved as well. So 3ish working ones and maybe 5 others for a tentative total of 8.

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?

You know, no one really that I can think of, but my sis, who used to work in a dispatch area of a triple A like service has about a bazillion stories of rude people. My fave is the one about the lady who calls at 5:20 on a Friday from a dealership because the window on her car was stuck down. The lady tells my sister that there is no one at the garage and that she needs to have the problem fixed now. My sister tells her (nicely) that a stuck window is not an emergency situation and that she will have to wait until Monday (when the garage reopened) to get the problem fixed. The woman tells my sister that she can’t wait that long so my sister will have to call a tow truck for her. My sister tells the lady she can do that, but the lady’s package plan will not cover a tow truck for a stuck window problem and that the driver would most likely not have the necessary tools on him anyway.

The lady then insists that my sister call the dealership and have them open it for her. My sister tells the lady that she can not do that either. The lady will not take that as a legitimate answer and they go around for a few until my sister says that there is nothing she can do for this lady and the lady will have to wait for Monday. The lady then yells at my sister for the lousy service and informs my sis that needs to start doing her job and get someone over to to the dealership to fix her window now. The lady says she doesn’t care who, any idiot with a screw driver can do the job. My sister then asks the lady “Well, ma’am, is there anyone in your family who has a screw driver?”

I love that one!

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not?

See number one. CAUTION: Slow fumble fingers at work!

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