103 – April 13
“I always wanted to be somebody. I can see now I should have been more specific.”–Lily Tomlin
Years ago, I heard this story:
One hot summer’s day, a man was driving a truck down the road with a load of penguins in the back. Suddenly, his truck broke down. He got out, looked under the hood, and saw that he could fix the problem but it was going to take several hours. He was very concerned about the penguins being in the sun that long.
As he wondered what to do, he looked up and saw another truck coming down the road, and lo and behold–it was empty! Hopefully, he flagged down the other truck and explained his problem. He asked, “Could you please take these penguins to the zoo?” The other trucker agreed, loaded up the penguins in the back of his truck, and drove off.
The man worked on the repairs to his truck for about three hours, and was just about done when he saw the other trucker coming back down the road. But the penguins were still in the back of the truck! Only now, they were wearing sunglasses.
Very puzzled, he ran out in the road and flagged down the other trucker and said, “I thought I told you to take these penguins to the zoo!”
The other trucker said, “I did! And we had such a good time, now we’re going to the beach!”
“I see clearly what I desire and everyone I meet helps me create it.”
Well, hallelujah and thank God for backup.
One day a while ago, after giving my free teleclass “Women Don’t Ask”, my internet service went kaput. Sigh. I called Verizon, went through the menu (yes, I already turned the computer and the modem off and on) and got put on hold for 15 minutes, then was transferred to a person. Then somehow I got disconnected.
I called back, another trip through the menu–BTW, I just love how the menu lady gives me instructions to go to the internet for help when my internet is broken! Ok, I held for 15 minutes, and got a person. He spoke with me for a minute, took my cell phone number in case we got disconnected, and then promptly disconnected me. He didn’t call back.
Sigh. Okay, patience Chellie, dial again. This time, after holding for 20 minutes, my phone went dead.
Arrrgh! @phftt!x&*#! Stomp around, gnash teeth.
Calming down, I used cell phone to call phone repair. You know the drill by now. Once again, I got disconnected – in the middle of the menu this time.
Now I am just determined to get help and use my roommate’s phone to try again. Success! They schedule an appointment the next day to fix the phone somewhere between 8am and 5pm. I told them to bring a new modem with them.
Persistence pays off…finally! And thank God for roommates with computers and phones for backup, because I wrote this blog article on her computer!