Thursday, January 18, 2007

3rd Degree Excitement

All this week I've been going back and forth with the customer support rep of a 3rd-party software tool we use at work, trying to get it to work right. Basically, every other time I (or my coworkers) would try to run the project we're building, it would crash. Very frustrating. We finally get it working. The rep's response to my half-facetious reply almost killed me [emphasis added]:

Original message sent on 01/18/2007 at 14:56:38 by

Thanks Allen! I'm very excited to be able to compile without random


Original message sent on 01/18/2007 at 15:17:00 by Allen Smith:

Hi Ed,

Thank you for sharing your excitement with me.

Even I am also excited to be able to bring the smile on your face. Should I consider the issue resolved or you need any further assistance from my side?

Allen Smith

Monday, January 08, 2007

Tag Team for relationship bashing

Here are two funny moments, both involving my fiance (Annie) and I, taking turns being the funny one.

My coworker, Ben, mentioned that one of his roommates is a pirate by profession. Yes, a pirate. Well, I guess a pirate actor. He is hired by people to put on pirate acts, swordfights, and general swashbuckling. I explain this to Annie, and she says entirely without sarcasm or humor: "Is he single?"

I had to return the favor. Driving back from my friend's place on Sunday night, I apparently forgot to do something or other. I admitted it to Annie, then said: "Obviously, I'm an idiot, but I love you."