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As I Like It

  • 18th Apr, 2005 at 6:41 PM

I have to admit that I hate talking to people. Not because I hate people, no no no no no. I love people. I think humanity is precious and beautiful and wonderful, even if it consists mostly of the unwashed masses. No, I hate talking to people because I am incredibly introverted.

I have to admit that I hate talking to people even more, when I do it through a telephone. Not only does my introversion work against me here, but talking to people over the telephone usually means that I'm dealing with something unpleasant. And so this association strikes a Pavlovian chord within me, and I have to do all that I can to stop myself from slamming down the receiver and curling up in the fœtal position.

Because I am moving, I am forced to deal with people. I know they probably don't like speaking to irate customers, so I try to be as pleasant as possible, despite the building panic that works its way up my throat. I have just gotten off the phone with Bell Canada, Bell Sympatico, Hydro Québec, and Gaz Métro. Then, just for good measure, I had to call Les Suites Ottawa to book a hotel room.

By the time I was done, I was a quivering mess. But I'm pretty sure that I have everything arranged. In a perfect world, this would go off smoothly and I wouldn't notice any inconveniences. However, that would be shocking and surprising. This means that on 30 April, I shall be sans phone, sans Internet, sans power, sans gas, sans everything.


19th Apr, 2005 01:28 (UTC)
I also had to call a bunch of random people today, except in French. It was exhausting. Then I had to go and meet one of these people, and continue to converse in French. Gah! Too much human contact! Save me, Interweb!