I guess there is something to be said about being so annoying that people will solve your problem just to shut you up.
My friend and former co-worker N called this the “BBB” principle, for “Better Business by Bugging.” I politely didn’t point out that that’s actually four “B’s”. 😀 Anyways…
And she was masterful at constantly, but cheerfully and politely bugging someone until they finally got her the info or service that they owed her.
Last night, after making a trip to Chantilly, I called her to see if her and her spousal unit wanted to meet for some grubbage before I had the normal Friday night longsword class. They did, and we agreed to meet in Manassas at a Red, Hot, and Blue. I am not familiar at all with that area of Northern Virginia, so I asked her for directions to get there. She tried, and grew frustrated, and had her husband W call me. We went back and forth a couple of times until we had points of reference I could understand, and then, boom, I was off. This reflects similar interchanges that happen every now and then.
Made it to the RHB no problem. Turned out to be a quick and easy trip. After a bit, they showed up. Whilst we were eating, they mentioned that they needed to go over to the nearby Sears and pick up something, and would I help? Of course, sez I. Love being helpful and useful.
We go over there and W says that he’s looking to get a flatscreen for the home office, etc., so we go about looking at them while N wanders off. I’m also looking at TV’s too, ‘coz the one I have is an old tube, not super huge, that was given to me by one of my brother’s friends. It’s so old that the only connection to it is through coax. It does have a remote, but doesn’t work (yes, even with batteries). The resolution’s not too good, and we can’t get the captioning to go off. So yeah, I’ve been thinking about getting a newer TV.
As we’re looking about, Nancy comes back and say’s, “Here ya go!”
I’m like, “uh, what?”
“It’s a GPS. Like the one we got recently, but not quite as big. The Garmin. We love it.”
“What? No way!”
“Yup. Now you won’t have to call us and bug us whenever we’re going to meet somewhere!”
And the TV? Just a ruse. It’s been a long time since I’ve been suckered like that.
Ah, friends. Gotta love ’em. Thanks again, guys. 😀