Friday, May 15, 2009

Richard Gere wasn't even there!

Ok, so I have been a little quiet on the specifics of my new work gig. That's cuz some of it is ... shhhhh ... confidentialish and involves a non-disclosure clause.

But this one? This one must be told.

I'm in a meeting. I'm concentrating very very hard. I'm listening as assorted folk haggle over placement of paragraphs and specific word choice.

My concentration starts to drift a little, since I know someone will speak to me specifically when final decisions are made.

And, as I discreetly check my email on my iPhone, I hear something that jolts me back to reality.

"That needs to go after the gerbil response."

Gerbil? They didn't just talk about gerbils, did they?

"I agree," says another. "The gerbil reponse should come first."

Ok, gerbils. Sure. The day before I had read something about mice, so gerbils might be possible.

The conversation swirls around me. I start scanning documents for a place where gerbils might live.

And then someone who actually speaks in a clear, comprehensive, unslurred-speak manner opens her mouth:

"Janet, you'll want to put that under the durable response section."

Unfortunately, no one quite understood why I needed to clean the Diet Coke off my keyboard.

14 comments:

Mr Lady said...

Oh. My. God.

Your job is awesome.

LceeL said...

You know, I thought it was just me. It HAS to be some vast conspiracy that people mumble and/or do not speak clearly in my presence. I have to say 'Huh?' far too many times - because surely what I heard cannot possibly be what you said.

Burgh Baby said...

Well, we know where YOUR brain was. Gerbil. Gerbil. Gerbil.

Karen said...

Thank goodness for that clarificatoin because I was ready to freak out over a gerbil invasion. If the news media has picked up on it, it must be big. They probably would have been from outer space.

justmylife said...

I am glad my mind wasn't the only one that went there. HA! Great minds think alike.

Debbie said...

Every day I am sad that I don't live near you! This day is particularly one of those.

Momisodes said...

OMG. I feel like such a goober. That took me a minute to figure out.

ROFL! :)

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

HA HA HA..ha ha ha..ha-huh.
{snort}

Mariposa said...

To Momisodes, you're not alone! I have to pause and think. LOL

Hope your weekend is awesome!

Pamela said...

some people talk as if they have rocks in their mouse... I mean mouths

Suzanne said...

That was responsible for a coughing fit. Hilarious!!!!!

I am the parent of a mumbler and it drives. me. crazy!

Karmyn R said...

haha - what makes this even more funny was my husband was trying to talk about that very situation with Richard Gere the other day....and I had to plug my ears.

Jaina said...

Lol...gerbils. I love it!

Janet said...

Why do I think that some poor gerbil is about to become the victim of some hideous experiment?

 
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