Monday, January 18, 2010

Technologically Advanced

This is one of those phone conversations that now makes me think that we are too technologically advanced, but at the same time if you think of it the way we did you will definitely find it funny...Please enjoy, and yes this actually happened.

A few weeks ago I was sitting in the church social hall at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church with the priest.  We were the only two there at the time because everyone else was in the church for a meeting.  Anyway we talked about many different things.  One of which was that we talked about how we have had some weird conversations on the phone.  Some of mine, I know that you have read or will read in later posts, so I won't spoil those by telling them now.

Anyway, while we were there talking the phone rang in the kitchen.  The priest and I walked over and he answered the phone, introduced himself  and then told him that he called the church.  The man on the other end of the phone asked, "what is the address of the church?"  So the priest gave him the address.  After he gave him the address I walked off toward the kitchen sink and changed a paper towel roll.  Right after I got it up, the priest came over to me and said in a puzzled voice, "that was odd."
Of course I answered, "Why?  What happened?"

"The man asked me for the address to the church."

"Umhum," I replied.

The priest then continued, "so I gave him the address, but right after that he asked me, 'what is the phone number to the church?'"  Just then I burst out laughing.

Now picture this, this guy calls the church and asks for the church's phone number...
"WHAT!?!," I replied, "are you serious?"

The priest continued, "Yes, and I told him, 'you called the church because I am on the phone with you.' He then denied calling the church again saying that he didn't dial the phone and again I said, 'how am I talking to you if you didn't dial the church?'"

Now I am thinking this is hilarious.  Long story short, the priest gave him the number and then they hung up.  If I wasn't there I do not think that I would have believed it.  How can you be on the phone with me and not dial the phone number?  What is funnier is that we were just talking about strange phone calls we have received.

Just after we walked out of the kitchen still laughing about it, my mother just came out of the meeting because it had finished.  After she and the priest talked about what had happened they came to the conclusion that the man had to have called information and had them connect him in order for his statement to hold true.  The whole thing is that most people don't use information any more so the thought never crossed my mind.

"Everything is possible for him who believes."  Matk 9:23

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Continuous Problem

You ever have one of those experiences that seems like it drags on forever and isn't funny until way after the matter is corrected? Well I will tell you that this story is one of those experiences. Take a look at what happened...

We recently switched the phone and internet service we used to another company. My dad stayed home with the man who set up the whole system in the house and I went and ran the shop that day so he could stay home with the man. Here is how that went...

When I got home that evening, my dad told me the man was there hours longer then he expected to be. Finally though, he set it up and left. The very next day, the phones went out for a few minutes. The same thing happened everyday for a week.

I called the company up and spent a while with them on the phone. Finally they agreed to send someone to fix it. The man came while we were finishing breakfast that Sunday morning. He went upstairs and downstairs and upstairs and downstairs, doing what? I have no clue. He managed to tell us that our alarm had been disconnected by the original man who came and did the original set-up. About an hour later we ended up getting the alarm back online and the phones I thought... He did something else and then left. Not 10 minutes after he left, guess what, THE PHONES DIED again. This time they did not go back on. I called the company from my cell and they scheduled someone to comeback within the next 48 hours. The next day I called back and they said that we were still scheduled to receive a visit by the next day. No one came...Mind you now, I had to make sure I was home all day waiting for this repairman to come for now 3 days...and I couldn't leave because I might have missed him.

I called back again, now frustrated, and found out...NO APPOINTMENT HAD BEEN SCHEDULED at all, or it had been canceled. Isn't that just great? So another was set-up. When, again, no one came I called back and found out that the same situation happened all over again. No appointment had been made. Keep in mind that I had received confirmation numbers with each appointment. So I made yet, a third appointment and received a new confirmation number. Finally a supervisor came to repair the problem...again, so I thought. This time we found out that the wiring was done all wrong. In addition to that, inside the house he pulled the main phone line and found that the previous guy left it unplugged when he left (this must have been the last thing that the first man did before he left) which is why it never worked to begin with. This man fixed everything, but it looked like he hot-wired the phone lines. After he left, the phones worked...YAY!...then Guess What?..hahaha the phone line died again! At this point I was very frustrated, but now I laugh at the whole situation.

So again I schedule another appointment so someone else came out. This man knew what he was doing. He stayed until everything worked great and then he left. Thank God for him knowing what he was doing.

I guess was one of those times that my patience was tried...I hope I passed the test... A man's wisdom gives him patience (Proverbs 19:11).


Monday, November 16, 2009

The Minds of Hungry People

Back again at my first job at King's Bread Inc, another amazing phone call came through.  The mind of this hungry person amazed me.  I have to say though, If I wasn't the one who answered the phone, I wouldn't have believed it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Phones

Ever have one of those days where it seems like there is just no one with a brain, but you?  Take a look at this.  (I have changed the name of the company mentioned).

My first job outside my family was for a sandwich franchise.  I happened to be on the to-go station that day, which left me responsible for answering the phones for orders called in.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Never Ending Problem

You ever have one of those experiences that seems like it drags on forever and isn't funny until way after the matter is corrected? Well I will tell you that this story is one of those experiences. Take a look at what happened...

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Welcome to I have been told by many to write down things that happen to me when I fix things, strange things that happen to me, funny stories about when I was in high school and college, or something that has happened to me (or a relative of mine) on the job. I am pretty sure that I have fixed almost everything that I have tried, but something usually happens from the time the thing needs fixing to when it is fixed. Many times they are funny after the fact, but on occasion the things that happen are funny when it happens. Some moments I have referred to as cartoon moments, because it is something you would expect to happen only in a cartoon. When I post events please picture the setting in mind, because some of these thing would only be considered funny 'if you were there.'

More to follow...