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Little stray thoughts

All day at work I make phone calls. Many of the numbers just ring, empty. Some are answered by a real person, in that case I pull my wandering mind back, and I say what I am supposed to say.

Surprisingly often there is a spark of human connection. A question, a moment off of our scripts. (They have a script too, although not written. It says 'Go away,')

The answering machines though-- I think they are like ghosts. In 200 years will we collect them, like the old photos on cabinet cards? Where will all the voices go otherwise?

My mind wanders, but sometimes I like my job.

Another stray thought. 'Walk ins' are freezer rooms. 'Step ins' are under drawers. No wonder English learners get puzzled!


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Apr. 27th, 2017 04:22 pm (UTC)
I've never heard the 'step in' expression used that way. Usually, I've heard it when you answer the door, it's someone like a neighbor looking for a favor, and you ask them to 'step in' (so you can close the door on a cold day) while you fetch your purse (if they are collecting for charity) or call upstairs if they are calling for one of your kids, etc. Language is interesting!!
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