Thursday, July 26, 2007

Voice Recognition

This just happened to me at work. To set the stage, I had to call a phone company to inquire about the telephone numbers at Wedmore Place and how to switch our toll-free line over to the other building.


Phone recording: Hello, you have reached Cavalier Telephone company. Please state the telephone number of your account.

Me: 7-5-7-2-5-8-0-8-9-9

Phone recording: 7-9-7-3-5-2-0-5-9-9 (Pause) Is that correct?

Me: Not even close.

Phone recording: You can speak to me like you would a normal phone operator.

Me: I don't think you want me to do that.

Phone Recording: Please state the telephone number of your account.

Me: 7-5-7-2-5-8-0-8-9-9

Phone Recording: 7-3-6-3-2-9-0-5-8-8 (Pause) Is that correct?

Me: Are you SERIOUS??

Phone Recording: You can speak to me like you would a normal phone operator.

Me: Can I also punch you in the face?

Phone Recording: Please state the telephone number of your account.

Me: Heaven help us. 7-5-7-2-5-8-0-8-9-9

Phone Recording: 2-7-8-0-6-4-1-3-8-5

Me: GAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!

Phone Recording: You can speak to me like you would a normal phone operator.

At this point I hang up because I need both hands to smack my head repeatedly and smear down my face in frustration.

A few minutes later I mustered the courage to call again.


Phone recording: Hello, you have reached Cavalier Telephone company. Please state the phone number of your account.

Me (with fingers crossed): 7-5-7-2-5-8-0-8-9-9

Phone recording: 7-2-7-4-5-8-1-2-9-9 (Pause) Is that correct?

Me: (deep breathing) okay, we're gonna do this ONE more time.

Phone recording: You can speak to me like you would a normal phone operator.

Me: HA! can we just get on with this?

Phone recording: Please state the telephone number of your account.

Me: sev-en fiiiive sev-en twooooo fiiiiive eeeiiiiight
zeeeeroooo eeeeiiiight niiiiiine niiiiine


Phone recording: 7-5-7-2-5-8-0-8-9-9 (Pause) Is that correct?

Me: YES!! Yes! It's correct!! It's correct! WOOOO!!!!

Phone recording: Please hold while I connect you.

Me: WOOOO!!!!... oh... hello... sorry... I'm just excited that... um, nevermind. so here's the thing.....


When I finally got off the phone I just started laughing hilariously. I felt like I had just been experiencing a comedy sketch of some sort. Anyway, despite the original frustration, it brightened an otherwise dull Thursday.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Working from Home

I was thinking today how awesome it would be to work from home based on a series of articles CNN has been posting online. Then they posted this Dilbert cartoon which I found pretty funny:








Tuesday, July 10, 2007

You and Me and the Summertime

Only because I work in an air-conditioned office and my apartment has an ambient temperature of about 50 degrees can I say that for about the first minute after I go outside does that blast of summer heat feel good.

It embodies everything that I love about summer. The slight laziness that everyone feels entitled to because there's no school, it's too hot to do a lot outside that doesn't involve a water park. The feeling of the hot sun shining on you. The sensation that the beach is right around the corner.

It's really the beach that I think of when I feel that summer heat. And when I say "the beach" I am thinking of only one place which embodies all that those words mean to me: Sunset Beach, North Carolina. I don't feel like a year has actually happened until I get to Sunset with my family. This year will be the first year in a very long time that I won't be in attendance for the whole thing, or possibly even any of it. And I'm starting to realize just how sad that makes me. The salty smell and the opressive humidity that are instantly okay as soon as I cross the beach access over onto the sand of this most hallowed ground. One of Sunset's many blessings is its ever-changing but always fun tidepools and the width of the beach itself that makes it great for all kinds of sports and games. Most of my cousins are now married and have had children. I take joy at my fortune in having seen some of them get their first look at the ocean, catch their first fish, and take their first boat ride.

I have watched my family grow up and mature and it's been interesting comparing the changes in myself from year to year. It's a benchmark. It happens at the same time every year, we go to the same place, with the same people, but every year it's great. With so many constants, the changes are much easier to notice. It makes it all the more apparent how the dynamic has changed with the addition of the 3rd generation of kids.

I will miss that so much this year. But at least I have that feeling of summer. And everytime the heats blasts me in the face when I walk out the door, I will smell the salty air, I will hear my younger cousins laughing, I will think of balmy nights walking to the pier, long waits to get over the drawbridge, boat rides, scavenger hunts, storms rolling in over the bay, and most of all I will think of my totally awesome, dynamic, growing family.




Friday, July 06, 2007

That was the worst feeling ever.

I don't think I will ever forget the look on that face. That is far and away the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my professional life.

I can't help feeling horrible. Blah. I need to stay away from the ice cream case when I go grocery shopping tonight or I might try and drown myself in mint chocolate chip.

My one consolation is that it didn't go as badly as it did in that episode of The Office.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

What is Awesome?

I'll tell you what's awesome.

It's a Tuesday night and I don't have to go to work tomorrow.

Collin (my 9 yr. old new best friend for the sole reason that I have a bike and he has one too) and I are going on a bike ride to the duck pond at 10am.

I have a new life goal: to compete in the world series of pop culture and to get respectably far, (at least past the first round), and I have people willing to help me accomplish this RIDICULOUS life goal.

I laughed a lot today, and I like to laugh, especially when things are stressful and crazy like they are at work.

I love barbeques and I get to go to one tomorrow.

I broke one hundred when I went bowling last night. (Then proceeded to bowl a 46 in the next game... but that's not the point).

I own Animaniacs on DVD... I'm sorry, but that is awesome.

I have a pool in my backyard. this has been an unrealized dream of mine ever since I knew that you could have pools in your backyard and that I probably wouldn't ever. It's not really MY backyard since I live at someone else's house in the apartment in the basement (not as pathetic as it sounds)....but I can still pretend.

I heard a lot of 80's music today and that always makes me happy.

That is what is awesome my friends: life in general. Sometimes I have to type it out to really realize it. But it's true. Better get to bed so I am rested for my bike ride to the duck pond. oh boy oh boy!

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