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Not one of those days but the other kind

Today I had a day with dread phone calls.

It is so hot here (mid 90's and humid) that I felt my brain was sitting like a puddle of melted butter. And i had to put on my big girl voice and call strangers on the phone.

We ordered up an air-conditioner last night, and there was a problem with the billing of it. I had to straighten that out before it could be shipped from Texas or Pluto or whatever.  And I had to call to find out the whereabouts of husband's air sampling license.

Well-- the air conditioner thing went fine. The problem was on their end. So somewhere out there is a machine destined to be ours. I feel less miserable just knowing that.

And the people at the Dept of Labor in Albany are sweeties! I think they must just be bored and lonely and wanting to talk. I expected them, to be like the DMV, but they were more like human beings. Delightful.

So, done with dread phoning. Time for groceries of Doom!.

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ba1126
May. 31st, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
My kids all hated making those kinds of calls. I'd have them sit down beforehand and write out what they needed to say, possible questions they'd be asked and how they'd respond, etc. We did similar 'practice' for job interviews. Now I have one who works for Apple dealing with 'business' customers, one who gives presentations at conferences around the world (not the WHOLE of his job, but a big part) and one who trains people in a call center that deals with warranties (she's worked her way up from taking calls to training others!) It's a good skill to have.
ba1126
May. 31st, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's our second day of nineties, too! We jumped right from April/May constant rain to August-type HEAT!! right now I'm in shorts and a sport bra with the fan on, as our ancient AC has apparently 'given up the ghost'!
anteros_lmc
May. 31st, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
Phone calls like that are such a drag. I'm glad you found nice humans on the other end of the line though. I bet they thought you were delightful too :)
vespican
May. 31st, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
As the years go by I find I dislike making phone calls more and more.
Dave
eglantine_br
May. 31st, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yes. Me too. Though really, I never liked calling strangers. I always assume they will dislike me. Makes me feel shy.
provencepuss
Jun. 1st, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
Send your weather over here please we have unseasonal cold and 100kph wind blowing! antoerh day of grey skies and i'm going to join Minnie and go back to sleep!
wellinghall
Jun. 1st, 2013 09:24 am (UTC)
I'm pleased the dreaded phone calls went well.
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