June 24th, 2005

Penfold downcast


So I have a new nephew, Kevin Thomas, born yesterday. Weight 8 pounds. Size 22 inches.
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Dear sweet coworker,
You lent me a DVD yesterday. You did not leave a note or any instructions for me. Please don't be irritated that I didn't bring it back today. I didn't realize you'd want it before the weekend. Had you mentioned this to me, I would have refrained from borrowing it, so that I didn't interfere with your plans.
Do not be snarky at me when I apologize for behaving in an entirely reasonable way. I do not feel this situation is my fault, nor that it warrents you treating me like I'm a thoughtless jerk. Now I'm going to run home at midday to get the DVD and return it, but now I'm going to be irritated. And when I hand it to you, you'll probably say something equally annoying like "Oh, you didn't have to do that. It wasn't that important." and then I'll be even more upset than I am now.
In fact I want to get off this conference call and run home to get the DVD. I might as well, it's not like I'm paying attention to the meeting, because I'm too busy fuming.
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Fairytale Princess Amy

Returned DVD

So on the way back from retrieving the DVD from my home, I was practicing what I should say when returning it and how I should say it.
I had instructions:
1. Smile sweetly.
2. Hand over the CD.
3. Say, "Thank you very much for letting me borrow this. I'm sorry I took so long to return it."
4. Ignore whatever he has to say because the options are:
a) He'll thank you politely. You should assume this is what he did, and if you ignore what he said, you'll believe it is.
b) He'll grumble and grouse about how long it took to return it. If he does this, you will be annoyed.
c) He'll smile and tell you it wasn't necessary to return it. Then you'll kill him with your bare hands.
5. Walk away happy that he choose option a.

But he wasn't in his office. Which is actually good, because I'm really not sure I would have been able to follow my script.
But at least Lanna and M. came by for lunch. That was nice.
Edit: Update on the coworker situation:
Coworker: Thanks for returning my DVD. I hope it wasn't too far out of your way to get it.
Me: No trouble at all. I just...
Coworker: Blather...chatter...chatter...blather...
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