Transcript of My Day Today (started midstream or you would DIE living the loop with me)

Credit Card Company Verification Machine, speaking in a self-satisfied lilt:  “Did you say, ‘phone number?'”

“No.  Street address.”

“Did you say, ‘apartment number?'”

“No.  Street address.”  (Restraining the first waves of annoyance.)

“Did you say, ‘last name?'”

I take the high road and maintain a haughty silence.  I am at work, after all.

“To authorize this transaction, please say ‘yes.'”

“No.”  I enunciate this clearly.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you.  Did you say ‘yes?‘”

I whimper.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you.  Did you say ‘yes?””

“NO!”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you.  Did you say ‘yes?'”

“Oh, Bugger!”

“Did you say ‘phone number?'”

“STREET ADDRESS!”

“Good bye!”  Clicks.

******

So I was telling J this tonight.  And she starts to chortle when she hears I was muttering such words as “bugger” to the machine, only to have it hear it as “phone number.”  Then she giggles over another thought.

“Imagine the machine had said:  ‘Did you say, bugger?’  What would you have said?”

I tell you, that would have rocked.  Would have silenced me utterly.  If you consider gales of laughter silence.

Which, I guess, I clearly do.  🙂

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About sputnitsa

Born in the US, I grew up in Africa and the West Indies, and returned stateside in my teens. I've worked in international development, social justice and democracy work, and inclusivity training both domestically and overseas. I have served in Peace Corps, where I experienced my first Russian invasion, after which I volunteered with refugees and mentored youth. I vacation climbing minarets and mountains, as well as exploring theaters, museums and parks. Here in New York, I produce short films, direct short plays, and write.
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2 Responses to Transcript of My Day Today (started midstream or you would DIE living the loop with me)

  1. ralfast says:

    Automation does not make everything better.

  2. sputnitsa says:

    Very, very, very true 🙂

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