Or do you?
Today, for the second time this week, someone I had never met before, at least in person, came up to me and knew who I was.
Both knew me from the blog.
Darn it folks, aren't you paying attention? I am anonymous!
Anyway, both of them had to suffer through my unsolicited two cents worth, only because I really like to try to help people. Of course, take free advice is sometimes worth what you paid for it! :)
Today, my poor classmate came in looking exhausted. He normally is tired anyway because his wife, who is also in our class, just gave birth to their second child. So now they have a two year old, a two week old, and two full-time careers (she is on maternity leave at the moment). And now they have visitors. And last night, they lost their power.
For four hours.
With snow, two small children and two houseguests.
So he was tired.
Our teacher can make a teaching opportunity out of just about anything.
So she had him call the electric company (me).
And as good as our teacher is about making a teaching opportunity out of anything, I am even better at making a smart ass opportunity out of any teaching opportunity.
So he "calls."
"Thank you for calling the electric company. All of our lines are busy. Please wait."
I come back. "Thanks for waiting. How can I help you?"
"As you know, it snowed last night."
"Yes, I can see the beautiful snow from my nice warm office."
"Yes, well I don't have power."
"Let me check our computer. Please wait."
More musak. Teacher at this point is rolling.
"No, I don't see that your power is off. Are you sure you have no power?"
"Yes, I am sure."
"Oh, did you pay your bill?"
"Yes! Where are you located?"
We finished with me saying workers would be there in six hours, hopefully, and for him to call back if they hadn't arrived.
Okay, but it is really being a smart ass if I was just doing an accurate call?
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