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Whee, I can post!

I've almost had a full week's vacation and I'm just getting to the point where I can begin to calm down and realise that I don't actually have to do anything. (Except for the windows. Those, I have to clean today because it's getting difficult to see out of them.) I've been house- and catsitting for my parents for a couple of days while they're in Naples but I went home yesterday to spend the weekend in the city. I'm probably going back out to the country for a few days next week to make sure everything is fit for Mum and Dad to come home to. Sister #2 and my little brother are both staying out there over the summer and while I trust my sister to take care of things, she's also working and I don't really trust my brother, at least not as long as the TV and his computer works...

My [livejournal.com profile] sheppard_hc story is practically finished, I just have a few minor edits and a final read-through left to do. I can't wait until next week when I get to read everyone elses stories, and I hope my recipient will like mine. I've sweated blood over this one! On the plus side, once I started writing regularly (as in 'daily') again, I found I just couldn't stop, so I took a look at my WIP folder to see what I had to choose from. Hopefully, the Danny-moves-in story should be done soon :D

My cellphone randomly stopped working yesterday morning and I am not pleased as it's only a little over a year old. My whole life is in that phone. At least I found an old phone in a drawer so I can still text and make calls and get up on time in the morning, but I can't read my mail and access facebook (and wasn't it a bit of a revelation to realise how addicted I've become to facebook *headdesk*.) Today, I'm headed to the 3 store where I will hopefully not be a stupid customer, but possibly a mildly irate one.

Also, Sister #1 and I took Gran to the woods yesterday for a treasure hunt and we struck gold! )
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Customer: "When are you going to come fix my TV? The channels haven't been working right for three days!"
Zin: "I'm sorry about that, it doesn't usually take so long to get a technian. I'll look into it immediately. When did you first report the problem?"
Customer: "Report? Do I have to report it? You should just know!"

I do not get paid enough for this.
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Not quite a Stupid Customer of the Day, but pretty funny anyway...

A salesperson called one of our clients yesterday and asked for Mr Batman. It's a good thing it was my non-nerdy co-worker who took the call and not me!

The big mystery is where they got the name from? No-one in our client's company has a name that sound even remotely like 'Batman'. We have come to the conclusion that the client has a big secret and possibly a huge cave somewhere.


I start my first vacation week today so no more stupid customers for a while. Yay!
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Dear man-with-a-mite-problem,

What makes you think that I want to hear you talk about your scrotum? At great length? Without letting me get a word in edgeways? I understand that the itching is very irritating, but once again - TMI!

No love,
Zin

SCotD

Jan. 10th, 2011 05:01 pm
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Dear US 'Gentleman'

No, I can't answer any questions about this company's head office in Russia. No, I don't speak Russian. Yes, it is a real company but I still can't tell you anything about the operations in Russia. Why? Because I'm a lowly switchboard operator, that's why. I know it's morning in the States right now, but here in Sweden, I'm just getting ready to pack up my things and go home, and anyone who could have helped you already left half an hour ago. I can take a message and ask them to call you back, but that's really all I can do for you this late in the day.

Aaaaaand now you're hitting on me, how wonderful. (For your information, Mr 'All-Swedish-Girls-Are-So-Beautiful'. Blonde, tall, long-legged and buxom? I pretty much only fit the 'buxom' part.) Oh, you want to come and visit me when you go to Sweden? Let me know when you'll be here so I'll know when to hide.

No love,
Zin

Sitrep

Dec. 7th, 2010 11:52 am
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1. Apologies for not being around lately. I am alive and reasonably well. (And by 'well' I mean that if I don't think about them too much, my traitorous joints will carry me through the day...) If I go silent again, it's not because I don't care, it's because I have to save my hands for work :P

2. I'm doing my best to catch up with mail and comments but if there's anything I've missed, please let me know!

2,5. Long ago, I had a birthday and I got fantastic gifts. [livejournal.com profile] bluespirit_star made these adorable Entangled penguins and [livejournal.com profile] sgamadison wrote me a fabulous story, A Stargate Proposal . Thank you!

Also, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] mezzo_cammin, [livejournal.com profile] sgakaz, [livejournal.com profile] lavvyan, [livejournal.com profile] vida_boheme, [livejournal.com profile] anyanka_eg and [livejournal.com profile] winter_elf for the virtual gifts, and to everyone who dropped me a comment to wish a happy birthday. You made an otherwise sucky day a lot better :)

3. Hawaii Five-0! Since SGA ended, I've missed having a Team to look forward to every week and now I have it again. Yay!

Also, I still have customers. They are still stupid. )
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* Had swine flu. Got better.

* Why why why am I so far behind on NaNo? *looks mournfully at sad little wordcount*

* Today, I have put around 200 invoices in little envelopes. I also got a papercut.

*Why why why are my customers male and obnoxious? )
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The customers aren't too bad today so I actually have a nice one to share! Too bad she wasn't my customer...

Sister #2: Welcome to (extermination company)!
Seemingly ordinary customer: *has vermin*
Sister #2: *takes her information and files a damage report*
Seemingly ordinary customer: Thank you! You know, I also have a ghost in the attic, but he can stay. He's very nice! Sometimes when I'm up there, I can feel something brush against me. And now my husband's looking at me like I'm crazy, but he's not on the same frequency as I am!

Those are the customers that makes this job worth it.
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Calliope practically died on me yesterday afternoon. What's a girl to do? I headed for the electronics stores in search for a new best friend. What I got was an interesting experience of the service business from the customer's viewpoint.

The not-so-exciting tale of Zin's new laptop )
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1. Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] winter_elf!

2. Half a week left until I get to go on holiday. Why does it feel so far away? And why do I still have so much ironing to do before I can leave?

3. [livejournal.com profile] sgabigbang progress report: 11k and counting.

4. Some stupid customers and a nice one! )
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I don't remember the last time a Friday made me so happy. This week has been ridiculously slow. I'm planning to take it easy tonight, maybe buy a bottle of wine and cook something tasty. Does anyone know what to do with a chicken breast that isn't too complicated?

To make things a little merrier, I just had this conversation. It certainly cheered me up!

Me: Welcome to (company), this is Zinnith speaking.

Customer: Hello? Emma? Who am I speaking to?

Me: You've reached (company), how can I help you?

Customer: Oh, I must have the wrong number. I was calling a little old lady.

Me: (laughing) Heh, well, I'm not that old quite yet.

Customer: Don't worry, I'm sure you'll become a great little old lady!

I've decided to take it as a compliment! Though I suspect I'll probably become a crazy old cat lady instead.
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1. My tolerance for alcohol is pretty much non-existent right now. I have had one beer and one glass of wine. I have also spent the evening annoying my darling sisters by giggling like a loon at my own bad puns.

2. On the other hand - my tolerance for pain killers is ridiculous. I have the evil cramps of the monthly curse and even codeine doesn't help. However, not complaining because, you know, no more sciatica! Yay!

3. Since no-one is interesting in my drugged and drunken adventures - have a Stupid customer of the day! I overheard this one down at the gas station this afternoon.

Customer: A packet of Right please.
Salesperson: Yep, do you want the long or the short ones?
Customer: Oh dear. This just became very complicated. Give me a packet of Prince instead.
Salesperson: (without missing a beat) Sure, the long or the short ones?
Customer: *groans and leaves in frustration, sans cigarettes*
Me: *knowing smirk* Customers, huh?
Salesperson: That one was actually pretty coherent...

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Apparently, having long hair means you have to brush it before you go to bed as well as after, or you'll wake up with a crow's nest on your head. I'm learning new things about life!


And just to justify this post - have a Stupid Customer of the Day! Although this one is actually more tragic than funny...


Mrs Boss: Welcome to (extermination company) how can I help you?

Old lady customer: Yes, hello? Is this where you report vermin?

Mrs Boss: Yes, that's right. What do you have trouble with?

Old lady customer: Well, one just moved in downstairs.

Mrs Boss: Um... excuse me? Is this a rat or something we're talking about?

Old lady customer: No, I think he's Greek. His cooking smells funny and he plays loud music.

Mrs Boss: Sorry ma'am, this is an extermination company. We deal with vermin, like rats and ants. If you have a problem with a neighbour you should take it up with your landlord. *click*


All right, the Swedish word for 'vermin' is close to the one for 'tenant' but not that close. People never cease to amaze you, do they? *sigh*





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I'm bored and in the mood for procrastination. Here, have a Stupid Customer of the Day from my time at the Dungeon of Doom.

Me: Welcome to (satellite company) how can I help you?

Customer: Hi, I'm just calling to let you know that your satellite must've moved. Can you fix that as soon as possible please?

Me: Um... what makes you think the satellite moved?

Customer: My picture's all grainy and I lost a few channels. Can you just bump it back into place or something?

Me: I'm afraid that won't be possible. You will need to adjust your satellite dish to get the signal back. I can give you instructions for how to do it yourself, or we can send a technician within 24 hours.

Customer: No, no, there's nothing wrong with my dish, it's been in the same place for seven months.

Me: (knowing that there's been bad weather in his part of the country) Sir, is it windy where you are right now?

Customer: Yes, it's a bit of a storm actually. Now, are you going to move the satellite back or do I have to take this higher up?

Me: Sir, the satellite is in space. It didn't move. If you wait until the storm is over and then adjust your dish, the picture will come back.

Customer: You've been very unhelpful. Get your manager to call me back, I want to place a complaint. *click*

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