Miscellaneous, Page12

Comic Relief

I suppose it is inevitable that no one could live over half a century without having had some humorous incidents to recount to others. So for what it is worth, I offer some of mine…

Rollin’ with the Punches

It is indeed a fortunate quality to have a sense of humor while facing life’s trials and tribulations. Some years ago, I had occasion to call a credit card company, a real cheapskate outfit without an 800 number; having a number listed on the back of the card with a regular area code. When I phoned, I apparently misdialed by one number. Instead of reaching the bank, I was greeted with the following answering machine message from a youngish sounding woman:

“Hello. This is Alice. This is my home. This is not [XYZ] Bank. Please do not leave me any messages about credit cards. I do not need or want to know your name or credit card number; and, although I’m certain that your payment really had been lost in the mail, I cannot waive your late charge.

“Now, if you would like to leave me a message, please do so at the sound of the beep.”

I left my name and number anyway, complimenting the young lady on her exquisite sense of humor. But, alas, no return call ever came in regard to my marriage proposal.

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