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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6285 on: December 27, 2012, 06:42:17 AM »
...and if the office has an answering machine on after hours (as we do)?  Specifically so patients can call if needed after hours.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6286 on: December 27, 2012, 05:28:12 PM »
I had a guy call my office the other day to see if I'd received the fax he sent me.  The conversation then went like this:

Me: Yes, I got your fax, but I have page 1 of an invoice and the rest of the pages are blank. 
Him: Did you turn them over?
Me: No, sir, I'm sorry but if the printed side was not scanned on your side, then I can't see it on my side.
Him: Huh, that's weird, because I sent you all 20 pages at the same time.
Me: Well, sir, could you please resend them, making sure they're all facing the same way?  I do need those to complete this order.
Him: Sure, sure, I'll do that in a few minutes, but I'm not sure why you want me to resend.  Seems like a waste of paper...but that's technology! Do you need anything else from me?
Me: Yes, actually, I need the original copy of Important Document.  Did you send this out already and, if so, can you let me know the tracking number?
Him: Oh, that's one of the pages I faxed.
Me: ...I actually need the physical copy of that one.  Could you send it out to me today and let me know the tracking number?
Him: Sure, I can do that.  Would you just send me a copy back when you get it then?


He was actually a very pleasant person to talk to, but he was really ignorant about technology which was a bit brain hurty.  We've also had an exchange about how to attach an email a few times, until he decided faxing would be easier.  ::) :P

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6287 on: December 27, 2012, 05:38:27 PM »
I had the flu. I made an appointment for some symptom relief. Between making the appointment and the appointment, my breathing became so compromised that my Mom called the doctor for me.


He said forget about the appointment go straight to the ER - I'll tell them you are coming. He met me down in the ER (same building). I was given breathing treatment (basically I was having asthma attack on top of flu).


The doctor cancelled the appoinment after sending me home from the ER.


I got no show bill from the office. I called them and pointed out the doctor had cancelled. Was told no you did it was less than 24 hours before. I figured it was better to handle in person. The doctor heard the conversation and told the office manager or who ever - look at the note - I sent her to the ER because she needed immediate treatment.


There was some screw up with the insurance saying the trip wasn't approved even though the doctor ordered it. He handed them their heads about that.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6288 on: December 27, 2012, 06:11:26 PM »
snopes: Computer Translation discusses the supposed Russian translation.

Back to brain hurt. On another message board, the owner of a guesthouse reported about a group of guests who asked if they could get spaghetti puttanesca for dinner--but it should not contain tomatoes, capers, anchovy, garlic, or olives.  (In case you aren't familiar with puttanesca, that's the ingredient list, although the anchovies are optional.)

My sister once asked for spaghetti carbonara without egg. So, ah, spaghetti fried in bacon grease?

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6289 on: December 27, 2012, 06:26:32 PM »
snopes: Computer Translation discusses the supposed Russian translation.

Back to brain hurt. On another message board, the owner of a guesthouse reported about a group of guests who asked if they could get spaghetti puttanesca for dinner--but it should not contain tomatoes, capers, anchovy, garlic, or olives.  (In case you aren't familiar with puttanesca, that's the ingredient list, although the anchovies are optional.)

My sister once asked for spaghetti carbonara without egg. So, ah, spaghetti fried in bacon grease?
No, there's still the bacon, sauteed onions and parmesan cheese.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6290 on: December 27, 2012, 06:37:48 PM »
Maybe I am missing something.  I thought this through a few times and still can't figure out why the other person just couldn't get it.  The only conclusion to which I can come is that I'm missing something.

Location A: Where I'm standing with a line of people, outdoors
Location B: About 100 yards from Location A, indoors

It was very cold outside today, so to keep people from having to wait outside in the cold for too long, I was calling a set number of people at a time to come from Location B to Location A.  My line was moving along smoothly, and at no point was there no one in line.  During the course of things, one of the people complained that he had been waiting in Location B for so long and that he was about ready to lose it because of that.  When the person behind the counter asked him why he had been waiting in Location B for so long before coming to Location A, I explained that I was trying to keep people out of the cold so was only calling so many at a time.  After the last person in line left, the person behind the counter started to argue with me.

I told her that it didn't matter where they waited, Location A or Location B, they were still waiting through however many people were in front of them.  I even tried doing the math for her.  If 30 people take 2 minutes, that's an hour.  It doesn't matter if they're waiting in Location A (outside where it's cold) or Location B (inside where it's warm), it will still take an hour.  Location doesn't change time.  I could see her argument if there were big gaps between the groups, but there was never nobody in line.  Am I missing something?

Just had this conversation again with someone else... ::)

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6291 on: December 27, 2012, 07:18:00 PM »
I had the flu. I made an appointment for some symptom relief. Between making the appointment and the appointment, my breathing became so compromised that my Mom called the doctor for me.


He said forget about the appointment go straight to the ER - I'll tell them you are coming. He met me down in the ER (same building). I was given breathing treatment (basically I was having asthma attack on top of flu).


The doctor cancelled the appoinment after sending me home from the ER.


I got no show bill from the office. I called them and pointed out the doctor had cancelled. Was told no you did it was less than 24 hours before. I figured it was better to handle in person. The doctor heard the conversation and told the office manager or who ever - look at the note - I sent her to the ER because she needed immediate treatment.


There was some screw up with the insurance saying the trip wasn't approved even though the doctor ordered it. He handed them their heads about that.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6292 on: December 27, 2012, 07:20:04 PM »
snopes: Computer Translation discusses the supposed Russian translation.

Back to brain hurt. On another message board, the owner of a guesthouse reported about a group of guests who asked if they could get spaghetti puttanesca for dinner--but it should not contain tomatoes, capers, anchovy, garlic, or olives.  (In case you aren't familiar with puttanesca, that's the ingredient list, although the anchovies are optional.)

My sister once asked for spaghetti carbonara without egg. So, ah, spaghetti fried in bacon grease?
No, there's still the bacon, sauteed onions and parmesan cheese.

LOL, I know. But she was insistent that it was still spaghetti carbonara without the egg. I explained that there wouldn't really be sauce, since the egg makes the sauce, and was told I was just being stubborn and that egg wasn't necessary. Alrighty.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6293 on: December 28, 2012, 01:44:28 AM »
snopes: Computer Translation discusses the supposed Russian translation.

Back to brain hurt. On another message board, the owner of a guesthouse reported about a group of guests who asked if they could get spaghetti puttanesca for dinner--but it should not contain tomatoes, capers, anchovy, garlic, or olives.  (In case you aren't familiar with puttanesca, that's the ingredient list, although the anchovies are optional.)

My sister once asked for spaghetti carbonara without egg. So, ah, spaghetti fried in bacon grease?
No, there's still the bacon, sauteed onions and parmesan cheese.

LOL, I know. But she was insistent that it was still spaghetti carbonara without the egg. I explained that there wouldn't really be sauce, since the egg makes the sauce, and was told I was just being stubborn and that egg wasn't necessary. Alrighty.

It isn't, actually. I have a delicious recipe for pasta cabonara that just uses white wine and cream - no eggs.
 
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6294 on: December 28, 2012, 07:49:42 AM »
snopes: Computer Translation discusses the supposed Russian translation.

Back to brain hurt. On another message board, the owner of a guesthouse reported about a group of guests who asked if they could get spaghetti puttanesca for dinner--but it should not contain tomatoes, capers, anchovy, garlic, or olives.  (In case you aren't familiar with puttanesca, that's the ingredient list, although the anchovies are optional.)

My sister once asked for spaghetti carbonara without egg. So, ah, spaghetti fried in bacon grease?
No, there's still the bacon, sauteed onions and parmesan cheese.

LOL, I know. But she was insistent that it was still spaghetti carbonara without the egg. I explained that there wouldn't really be sauce, since the egg makes the sauce, and was told I was just being stubborn and that egg wasn't necessary. Alrighty.

It isn't, actually. I have a delicious recipe for pasta cabonara that just uses white wine and cream - no eggs.


If it doesn't have eggs, it's not spaghetti alla carbonara. Alla carbonara = egg yolks, pancetta (or bacon), and Parmiggiano-Reggiano or Pecorino. What you are describing sounds good but it's a different sauce.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6295 on: December 28, 2012, 08:20:18 AM »
snopes: Computer Translation discusses the supposed Russian translation.

Back to brain hurt. On another message board, the owner of a guesthouse reported about a group of guests who asked if they could get spaghetti puttanesca for dinner--but it should not contain tomatoes, capers, anchovy, garlic, or olives.  (In case you aren't familiar with puttanesca, that's the ingredient list, although the anchovies are optional.)

My sister once asked for spaghetti carbonara without egg. So, ah, spaghetti fried in bacon grease?
No, there's still the bacon, sauteed onions and parmesan cheese.

LOL, I know. But she was insistent that it was still spaghetti carbonara without the egg. I explained that there wouldn't really be sauce, since the egg makes the sauce, and was told I was just being stubborn and that egg wasn't necessary. Alrighty.

It isn't, actually. I have a delicious recipe for pasta cabonara that just uses white wine and cream - no eggs.


If it doesn't have eggs, it's not spaghetti alla carbonara. Alla carbonara = egg yolks, pancetta (or bacon), and Parmiggiano-Reggiano or Pecorino. What you are describing sounds good but it's a different sauce.

That may be so, but it's still labelled, in a published cookbook, as Pasta Carbonara. If a published cookbook author (and probably her editors) can get it wrong, I won't fault the PP's sister for getting it wrong too.
 
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6296 on: December 28, 2012, 10:54:39 AM »
DH had this exchange with his brother.   Background:  Brother is always short of money, can barely pay the bills, etc.  Very PA about it, he'll call his dad and whine that he doesn't have groceries for the rest of the month.  He prides himself on never ASKING for money, just making Dad feel bad until he sends it anyway.

DH is always talking to brother about finances - telling him he needs to save and get a part-time job since his full-time job doesn't seem to pay the bills.  Brother insists he hasn't a single dime to put into savings, but will not get a part-time job or look for a new full-time job.

So, brother's car broke down, cost $200 to fix.

DH:  How did you pay for the car?  Did you pull money from savings?
Brother:  You know I don't have any savings.  I put the car on my credit card.
DH:  Well, how are you going to pay off the card?
Brother:  I'll just have to re-arrange things and pay it.
DH:  But if you don't have any extra month to put into savings, how do you have extra money to pay this off?
Brother:  That's different!  This is a bill, it has to be paid.
DH:  But if you don't have a single dime to put into savings, how to you have any extra for this?
Brother:  I told you, it's different.  this is a bill.


REpeat several times.


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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6297 on: December 28, 2012, 11:21:57 AM »
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Brother:  I told you, it's different.  this is a bill.



Translation:  I'll get the money from Dad.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6298 on: December 28, 2012, 11:38:34 AM »
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Brother:  I told you, it's different.  this is a bill.



Translation:  I'll get the money from Dad.

I don't know that I agree with this.

There's a lot of people out there that are able to "re-arrange things" in order to pay a bill but are not willing to put money into savings (because all their extra money is used to pay bills . . . or spending fun money.)


I think brother is right with his priorities . . . bills before savings.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6299 on: December 28, 2012, 11:52:41 AM »
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Brother:  I told you, it's different.  this is a bill.



Translation:  I'll get the money from Dad.

I don't know that I agree with this.

There's a lot of people out there that are able to "re-arrange things" in order to pay a bill but are not willing to put money into savings (because all their extra money is used to pay bills . . . or spending fun money.)


I think brother is right with his priorities . . . bills before savings.
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