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    It’s Going To Be One Of Those Days

    | Chicago, IL, USA | Extra Stupid, Technology

    Me: “Thank you for calling [electronics store]. How can I help you today?”

    Customer: “Yeah, I was wanting to buy one of those thingies that records stuff on a tape.”

    Me: “Okay, ma’am. What exactly were you looking to use this for?”

    Customer: “Well, I want to record myself singing and send it to my grandkids.”

    Me: “Well, it sounds like you’d need a voice recorder for that.”

    Customer: “Oh, then I just send them the tape?”

    Me: “Actually, ma’am, our company discontinued tapes. Almost everything gets recorded onto digital data, like memory cards and such.”

    Customer: “What’s a memory card?”

    (I provide a lengthy explanation of memory card.)

    Customer: “So, then I just mail them the memory card instead of the tape?”

    Me: “No, ma’am. You could simply e-mail them the file of the audio clip.”

    Customer: “What’s e-mail?”