(migrated from my Tripod blog on 11/05/2011)
I spent part of my lunch hour phoning various Winnipeg computer
stores, in search of a particular item I need to help complete one of
Four out of five conversations went like this:
CSR: Good afternoon, (computer store), how may I help you?
CJ: Good afternoon, how are we doing today?
CSR, Not bad, thank you. What can I do for you?
CJ: Well, I'm looking for an IDE DVD-ROM drive.
CSR: Well, we really only carry the burners. Will that be alright?
CJ: Hmmm, it'll work, but I'm really only using it as a reader. What colours do you carry?
CJ: Yeah, I'd prefer to have one that matches my case.
CSR: Oh, I get it. Sure, what colour were you after?
CJ: Aged beige.
CSR: Aged Beige?!
CJ: Yes sir.
CSR: Er, I think we have darkish-gray/black or white in stock.
CSR: Yes sir.
CJ: By "white", are you talking about that typical computer whitish-beige?
CSR: I guess so. Is that not what you meant?
CJ: It's close, but no.
CSR: I've only ever seen these two colours, sir. In fact I've never even heard of "aged beige".
You knoooow... that sort of yellowy-beige colour that all beige
computer parts become when left in the basement for an extended period
Computer store people have no sense of humour.