Lately, I have been making an effort to notice the humor in my every day life.
Sometimes it is a little more obvious than other times.
Someone asked me if I staged this picture. All of you who have cats can laugh with me about that idea.
Other times, finding the humor is a little more of a challenge.
A couple of months ago, my car radio started malfunctioning so the dealership ordered me a new one. They installed the radio into the car and mentioned to me that I needed to call Sirius to switch the service to the new radio.
Right away, I recognized the potential for disaster. I remembered my long and painful conversation with Sirius when I set up the account.
Knowing from the previous experience what information was needed, I retrieved the number off the new radio and made the call.
Of course I first went through about five minutes of a combination of choosing options and being on hold.
Eventually a representative answered and gave me his name as Alex. I am pretty certain that is not his real name.
Alex and I then proceeded to have a forty-five minute discussion.
Alex: To whom am I speaking?
Alex: Leon, how can I help you?
[This was my first indication that this was not going to go well. I plowed forward regardless.]
Me: Alex, I have a Volkswagen and the dealer replaced my radio as the old one was defective. I now need to transfer my Sirius radio from the old radio to the new one.
Alex: Ok Leon, what is the radio id number for the old radio?
Me: I don’t know, I don’t have it.
Alex: Where is it?
Me: Uh, I guess at the dealership.
Alex: Ok, so you got a new car, Leon?
Me: No, Alex, I got a new radio.
[At this point, the simultaneous internal dialogue with myself starts. Hold it together Leon. Do NOT lose your temper.]
Alex: What kind is it?
Me: The car or the radio?
Alex: The car.
Me: A Volkswagen.
Alex: Oh ok, where is the Volkswagen?
[I start looking for the nearest wall to bang Leon’s head against.]
Me: In my garage …
Alex: Can you tell me the id number for the radio that was first in the Volkswagen?
Me: I have the id number for the new radio, but not the old one. Can’t you get that from my account?
Alex: Well Leon, I am looking at your account now. Why do you have two Sirius radios on your account?
Me: Uh … because my husband has one as well.
Alex: Oh, very good. Well do you drive the Ford?
Me: No, I drive the Volkswagen. My husband drives the Ford.
[Inexplicably, I become annoyed with my husband.]
Alex: Leon, do you know the radio id number for the Ford?
Me: No, I do not. Don’t your records show what the radio id number for the radio that was in the Volkswagen is? I distinctly remember having to give that information when I set up the account.
Alex: Yes, but I just wanted to make sure, Leon.
[Leon recognizes the need to wave the white flag.]
Me: Alex, you know, I have changed my mind. Can you please just cancel this order instead of transferring it?
Alex: Ok, but I have to send you to another person for that. Before I do, though, may I ask for the reason for canceling?
Me: Yes, Alex. … I don’t really listen to the radio.
The end result?
Leon felt I felt pretty good about myself and laughed the rest of the week about the exchange.
The humor is there in all of our lives; sometimes you just have to look for it.