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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2880 on: September 16, 2013, 12:03:00 AM »
I think this is kind of right here...

I work with over 200 people. I've only ever talked to a few of them on the phone and never with any regularity. So why, when they call me, do they say, "Do you know who this is?" No, dude, I don't. Because I've never talked to you over the phone before. You must give me more detail.

One of a few pet peeves of mine is people who don't identify themselves when calling. I always do it, even for my family (especially now since my teen DD and I apparently have the same voice over the phone). It would make the calls go so much faster if people would just skip the guessing game.

Oh geeze... for a short period my mom and i seemed to share a phone voice.  Enough so that my poor stepfather informed me he "wanted to do" something he most certainly did NOT want to do. (To me at least.)   :-[

He, to the day he died, turned beet red if anyone brought it up. (I thought it was hilarious. :D I did cut him off before he got to specific with "Umm, Pop... This is Kim you know." There was a long silence then. "I need to talk to your mother... and you need to start answering phones with your name.")
I had that happen with an old boss...it didn't help that his wife and I sounded exactly the same on the phone, we also had the same first name.

Talk about job security! LOL  :P

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2881 on: September 16, 2013, 06:21:31 AM »
I think this is kind of right here...

I work with over 200 people. I've only ever talked to a few of them on the phone and never with any regularity. So why, when they call me, do they say, "Do you know who this is?" No, dude, I don't. Because I've never talked to you over the phone before. You must give me more detail.

One of a few pet peeves of mine is people who don't identify themselves when calling. I always do it, even for my family (especially now since my teen DD and I apparently have the same voice over the phone). It would make the calls go so much faster if people would just skip the guessing game.

Oh geeze... for a short period my mom and i seemed to share a phone voice.  Enough so that my poor stepfather informed me he "wanted to do" something he most certainly did NOT want to do. (To me at least.)   :-[

He, to the day he died, turned beet red if anyone brought it up. (I thought it was hilarious. :D I did cut him off before he got to specific with "Umm, Pop... This is Kim you know." There was a long silence then. "I need to talk to your mother... and you need to start answering phones with your name.")
I had that happen with an old boss...it didn't help that his wife and I sounded exactly the same on the phone, we also had the same first name.

Talk about job security! LOL  :P

It's been years and I no longer work with him, but if anyone brings it up, he turns a lovely shade of maroon.   ;)  For about a year, both me and his wife had to let his secretary know which one of us was actually on the phone.  My place of employment solved this problem by installing phones with caller ID, very useful.  :P
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2882 on: September 16, 2013, 09:53:48 AM »
My mother and I used to sound an awful lot alike on the phone and I've had a similar experience with my dad.  Ewwwwww.  I moved to the upper midwest for a couple years and my speech took on a bit of a midwest accent, so I now I sound different enough that it's not a problem anymore.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2883 on: September 16, 2013, 04:00:45 PM »

2.) Sir, I'm sorry you're upset that I'm not an automated service to tell you movie showings and times. However, I can still tell you those things and, even better, respond to what you are saying! Wait...you're still irritated that you have to talk to a living person? Okay, I'll just turn myself into Hel the Robot from Metropolis. *headdesk*

See I am a bit older and I immediately went to HAL*
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.    And if he continued to be irritated....
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.


*2001 A Space Odessey.  (Though I wasn't old enough to watch it when it first came out.  LOL)

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2884 on: September 16, 2013, 05:13:22 PM »

2.) Sir, I'm sorry you're upset that I'm not an automated service to tell you movie showings and times. However, I can still tell you those things and, even better, respond to what you are saying! Wait...you're still irritated that you have to talk to a living person? Okay, I'll just turn myself into Hel the Robot from Metropolis. *headdesk*

See I am a bit older and I immediately went to HAL*
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.    And if he continued to be irritated....
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.


*2001 A Space Odessey.  (Though I wasn't old enough to watch it when it first came out.  LOL)

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2885 on: September 16, 2013, 08:45:29 PM »
An end user, a senior-level system admin, and I went round and round a few times over the past few weeks.  I'm not 100% sure the user in question didn't commit a little Professional Darwinism today.

You see, he was supposed to update a mailing list that goes out to several thousand people with a new subscriber list.  He sent in a request to have a sysadmin do the replacement instead of doing it manually - this is fairly normal. 

The user sent in the request to have "Pied_Piper" updated.  The sysadmin performed the update, replacing the old list for "Pied_Piper" with a new list of some 4000 names.  I notify the user that the request has been completed.

The user responds, stating that the list is still showing a subscriber count of over 7000.  The sysadmin went back in and verified that yes, he was showing the 4000 name list when he looked at it.  I requested that the user send me a copy of the report showing the 7000 names.  I forwarded the resulting email to the sysadmin, and then we mutually started going "No...he didn't...oh.  oh yes he did."

Yeah, updating the subscriber list for the "Pied_Piper" mailing list does not update the "PiperofHamlin" mailing list.  I didn't have a reply from the user before I left work for the day regarding whether the user had us update the entirely wrong list or if the user was simply checking the wrong list for updates.  Option A might turn out to be Professional Darwinism, as unfortunately, they're not going to be able to restore the original list for "Pied_Piper" from a backup right now due to server maintenance, and these mailing lists reach thousands of people.  I am also not a magical mind reader, capable of knowing that the user really meant to update the "PiperofHamlin" mailing list when they wrote "Pied_Piper."

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2886 on: September 16, 2013, 08:50:18 PM »

2.) Sir, I'm sorry you're upset that I'm not an automated service to tell you movie showings and times. However, I can still tell you those things and, even better, respond to what you are saying! Wait...you're still irritated that you have to talk to a living person? Okay, I'll just turn myself into Hel the Robot from Metropolis. *headdesk*

See I am a bit older and I immediately went to HAL*
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.    And if he continued to be irritated....
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.


*2001 A Space Odessey.  (Though I wasn't old enough to watch it when it first came out.  LOL)

I just watched Metropolis for the first time that day, so that was fresh in my thoughts. Fortunately, I didn't say it to him, otherwise I'd be posting in the Professional Darwinism thread.  :-[ HAL would be funny though!  :P
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2887 on: September 16, 2013, 08:54:57 PM »

2.) Sir, I'm sorry you're upset that I'm not an automated service to tell you movie showings and times. However, I can still tell you those things and, even better, respond to what you are saying! Wait...you're still irritated that you have to talk to a living person? Okay, I'll just turn myself into Hel the Robot from Metropolis. *headdesk*

See I am a bit older and I immediately went to HAL*
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.    And if he continued to be irritated....
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.


*2001 A Space Odessey.  (Though I wasn't old enough to watch it when it first came out.  LOL)

I just watched Metropolis for the first time that day, so that was fresh in my thoughts. Fortunately, I didn't say it to him, otherwise I'd be posting in the Professional Darwinism thread.  :-[ HAL would be funny though!  :P

The only thing that gets me through the many repeats of the same thing I do every day (not scripted - just common problems) is pretending that I'm a robot.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2888 on: September 16, 2013, 10:57:03 PM »
An end user, a senior-level system admin, and I went round and round a few times over the past few weeks.  I'm not 100% sure the user in question didn't commit a little Professional Darwinism today.

You see, he was supposed to update a mailing list that goes out to several thousand people with a new subscriber list.  He sent in a request to have a sysadmin do the replacement instead of doing it manually - this is fairly normal. 

The user sent in the request to have "Pied_Piper" updated.  The sysadmin performed the update, replacing the old list for "Pied_Piper" with a new list of some 4000 names.  I notify the user that the request has been completed.

The user responds, stating that the list is still showing a subscriber count of over 7000.  The sysadmin went back in and verified that yes, he was showing the 4000 name list when he looked at it.  I requested that the user send me a copy of the report showing the 7000 names.  I forwarded the resulting email to the sysadmin, and then we mutually started going "No...he didn't...oh.  oh yes he did."

Yeah, updating the subscriber list for the "Pied_Piper" mailing list does not update the "PiperofHamlin" mailing list.  I didn't have a reply from the user before I left work for the day regarding whether the user had us update the entirely wrong list or if the user was simply checking the wrong list for updates.  Option A might turn out to be Professional Darwinism, as unfortunately, they're not going to be able to restore the original list for "Pied_Piper" from a backup right now due to server maintenance, and these mailing lists reach thousands of people.  I am also not a magical mind reader, capable of knowing that the user really meant to update the "PiperofHamlin" mailing list when they wrote "Pied_Piper."

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2889 on: September 17, 2013, 10:17:27 AM »

2.) Sir, I'm sorry you're upset that I'm not an automated service to tell you movie showings and times. However, I can still tell you those things and, even better, respond to what you are saying! Wait...you're still irritated that you have to talk to a living person? Okay, I'll just turn myself into Hel the Robot from Metropolis. *headdesk*

See I am a bit older and I immediately went to HAL*
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.    And if he continued to be irritated....
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.


*2001 A Space Odessey.  (Though I wasn't old enough to watch it when it first came out.  LOL)

But...Metropolis...1927? How would being older (even if not old enough to have seen 2001) take you to HAL and not Hel?

Though personally I would have started channeling my inner C-3PO. He had just enough sass to be fun.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2890 on: September 17, 2013, 10:22:23 AM »

2.) Sir, I'm sorry you're upset that I'm not an automated service to tell you movie showings and times. However, I can still tell you those things and, even better, respond to what you are saying! Wait...you're still irritated that you have to talk to a living person? Okay, I'll just turn myself into Hel the Robot from Metropolis. *headdesk*

See I am a bit older and I immediately went to HAL*
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.    And if he continued to be irritated....
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.


*2001 A Space Odessey.  (Though I wasn't old enough to watch it when it first came out.  LOL)

But...Metropolis...1927? How would being older (even if not old enough to have seen 2001) take you to HAL and not Hel?

Though personally I would have started channeling my inner C-3PO. He had just enough sass to be fun.

Thanks.  I was feeling in a time warp there.  I thought maybe the Fritz Lang film had been so displaced by the anime version that it was thought of as being "later." 

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2891 on: September 17, 2013, 10:40:19 AM »
I don't know about channeling Hel - her purpose was to trash Maria's reputation and cause revolt among the workers.

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« Reply #2892 on: September 17, 2013, 10:54:27 AM »
I don't know about channeling Hel - her purpose was to trash Maria's reputation and cause revolt among the workers.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2893 on: September 17, 2013, 01:13:37 PM »

2.) Sir, I'm sorry you're upset that I'm not an automated service to tell you movie showings and times. However, I can still tell you those things and, even better, respond to what you are saying! Wait...you're still irritated that you have to talk to a living person? Okay, I'll just turn myself into Hel the Robot from Metropolis. *headdesk*

See I am a bit older and I immediately went to HAL*
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.    And if he continued to be irritated....
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.


*2001 A Space Odessey.  (Though I wasn't old enough to watch it when it first came out.  LOL)

But...Metropolis...1927? How would being older (even if not old enough to have seen 2001) take you to HAL and not Hel?

Though personally I would have started channeling my inner C-3PO. He had just enough sass to be fun.

Thanks.  I was feeling in a time warp there.  I thought maybe the Fritz Lang film had been so displaced by the anime version that it was thought of as being "later."

There was an anime version? Well, I guess I just learned something new today.

Keep in mind, I've never actually seen Metropolis, but it's legend in my family.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2894 on: September 17, 2013, 01:21:13 PM »
I don't know about channeling Hel - her purpose was to trash Maria's reputation and cause revolt among the workers.

It had been a long day and she was the only robot I could think of.  :P
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