A Woman On The Verge

thoughts and musings of my mind



Phone Calls


A Cisco 7960G IP telephone


One major thing I do not miss about my old job, answering the phone in November.  You see my old job consisted of answering the phone a lot.  Most of the time it was okay, I enjoyed helping folks, but every November for about 6 years this woman from Ohio, I think, would call us  to get road conditions for Fancy Gap.  Now when I started working there I had no idea where Fancy Gap was, I had only been living in North Carolina for about 4 years and I was still learning about local things – like not getting lost in South Charlotte.  I knew that providing that kind information was NOT a part of our department’s role, it was possibly something the NC Dept of Highways or Highway Patrol would do, but it certainly was not something we would do and I would let her know she had called the wrong place and she needed to try elsewhere.  Oh I also knew that Fancy Gap was nowhere in Mecklenburg County so even if I wanted to help her I really couldn’t   She called the next year and we went through the same thing.  I even asked the woman who used to have my job if she got these calls, she said no she never did.  So it was just me being grilled by someone who didn’t even know what state she was calling.  When the third year rolled around I asked one of my coworkers where Fancy Gap was he informed me it was somewhere in Virginia and then wanted to know why, so I told him about this woman who calls every year around thanksgiving to insist I give her the road conditions.  He laughed and said I should tell her they are dry and clear.  The next year I kept hoping she wouldn’t call and that she would figure out the right number to call, but no she called again.  I informed her that Fancy Gap was in VA and she was calling Charlotte, NC – and again that there was no way for me give her the information she required as all I could find online was weather reports.  She actually got a bit mean with me and said that I should always have that information ready for people when they call. Very nicely I told her the only person who ever called to ask was her and that she really needed to call the VA Highway Dept or Highway Patrol.  She got really mad at me and hung up.  I hoped it was finally over, but around comes November the next year and guess who called me.  Oh how do I know it was the same woman?  I had caller ID on my phone and I had written her number in my calendar on the computer so I could recognize who was calling me from out-of-state.


Fancy Gap


A few years ago, I actually had the pleasure of driving through Fancy Gap, VA, it was August and the road was clear and dry.



I don’t always think things through

You see, the window on my SUV got stuck in the down position yesterday – it will not go up and I have a feeling the motor or the contacts are shot. I will find a way to pull the window up. My friend Ella had gone on a day of shopping.  First we went to an amazing Upholstery fabric store in Lincolnton, NC where no fabric is over $10.00 a yard. Ella also needed to get a piece of foam cut to turn a table into a beautiful cocktail ottoman and I needed a piece of foam to refurbish and old stool I have. After the fabric store we hit Waffle House, this was a first for me in the 15 years I have lived in North Carolina I have never been into a Waffle House. I enjoyed my maiden visit to the diner and discovered I really enjoy hash browns with ham, yes I know I don’t eat pork but we will pretend the ham was bacon and every one of my friends knows I think that bacon is breakfast candy.  So off we went to IKEA to shop for some home goods, I was in search of a cheese slicer and a wok I had seen during Christmas shopping. I found the Cheese Slicer, but not the wok – never fear I found a few other things instead. My cats are now proud owners of a very colourful set of 6 food bowls. Oh did I mention IKEA was packed with people? Most of them wanted to walk 4 abreast at a slow pace and seemed to get a bit miffed if you tried to pass them others were just learning to drive the IKEA 4 wheel drive carts. We finished shopping and went out to load up the car. This is where my not thinking through came into play, I am sure it was because I was really tired, shopping takes it out of you.  I reached through the open window and unlocked the car, thinking that would be okay, well NO it wasn’t.  My anti-theft alarm went off, now this is apparently different from the regular beep beep alarm since I do not have a clicker to turn it off.  My friend Ella and I are trying frantically to figure out HOW to turn off the alarm.  The Car won’t start, we can’t figure out a way to unplug the battery.  When a woman comes up and say, ‘why don’t you use your clicker?’  Ella turns to her and says, ‘there is no clicker’ and the woman starts arguing with us about how there MUST be a clicker. Finally the alarm goes off by itself, and the woman is STILL arguing with us about the clicker.  It was so embarrassing it was funny.   

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