Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Miss Information is annoyed by a conversation

Sometimes Miss Information presses the "repeat" button on her car's CD player. Sometimes she forgets to unpress the button. Eventually she clues in that the song has been going on for a very very long time.

Today a customer approached the reference desk. He wanted a specific book. It was a reference book. Miss Information explained to him that he could only use the book in the library, but that she would put him on the waiting list for a circulating copy which would arrive in a couple of weeks. Every day she has this exact conversation about 20 times. Today she had this same conversation 20 times with the same customer.

Every time the conversation reached its logical conclusion, the man would ask the exact same question again. Miss Information would repeat exactly what she had said 15 seconds earlier. She changed her inflection. She used synonyms. Nothing worked. She was practically reduced to tears. This is what hell is like. Having to have the same conversation over and over and over for all eternity.

Is it possible that the repeat button in the man's brain had been pressed? If so, is located somewhere Miss Information can get to it? She's willing to use force if necessary.


At 1:33 PM, Blogger Stuart Thomson said...

EMERGENCY ! Human breakdown; your diagnosis is correct Miss I, there is only one course of action.

1. Smile at the man in question, make him feel comfortable and that nothing is wrong.
2. Use your hands to get a firm grip of the subject's ears. (At this point he may put up a little resistance but be strong and tell him it is for his own good)
3. Repeatedly, and with all your might, slam his head off the desk until one of the following happens a) he goes limp and falls to the floor (mission accomplished) b) your arms get so tired you can no longer continue (take a rest period then resume from step 1 again) c) the police or other authorities stop you and drag you off (mission failed)

Good luck.

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Daniel H said...

If this ever happens again (and it probably won't), I have a suggestion: When the nth or so repetition of the conversation starts, don't say anything. Instead, just nod a bit and stare at the other person as though you DID say something, and it's his turn to talk again. See what happens ...
- precision blogger

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Susan said...

I laughed so hard, I almost cried.


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